It is better to be only sometimes right, than at all times wrong, so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to renounce them.”
― Abraham Lincoln
I have been guilty of digging in my heels… so says my wife and kids. But I have really made a conscious effort to look at situations from all angles to make sure that I have all the information needed to make a good decision.
When you are in a position of authority or influence, what you say and recommend matter. Your reputation is on the line and you have to be right. Sometimes it’s hard to change our minds… but, over time, things change and we have to be willing to consider a changing viewpoint as well. The change could be because of technology, a new product to your market, or a government regulation. We have to remind ourselves that the status quo in a changing market gets you beat.
“I feel I change my mind all the time. And I sort of feel that's your responsibility as a person, as a human being – to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don't contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you're not thinking.”
― Malcolm Gladwell
When you should consider a mind change:
The information changes.
A life experience that changes your perspective.
There’s a change in your business space.
You were just plain wrong.
We spend time defending and implementing our decisions and now we own them. To admit that another course is better takes guts and leadership. Why do we not make ourselves change? We make employees change all of the time. So, change your mind… this way you can be relieved of having to make every decision “right”, rather than having to go down with the ship.