C&B Notes

Saying ‘I Don’t Know’

The Financial Times makes the case that a willingness to admit that “I don’t know” is a point of strength rather than a sign of weakness:

“Believing you should know everything can be very restrictive as it closes your mind to other sources of knowledge and other opinions,” says Ms. Cunningham.  “It can stifle your potential for creativity and be quite stressful.  Letting go of this idea can be very liberating.  If you’re a leader and manage others, it can also empower them and help them develop.”

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It can be good for building relationships. Ms. Cunningham says: “Allowing [others] to help you engenders trust and helps you to be more collaborative.  It’s very flattering for the other person, too.”