3 Magic Words

On March 18, 2013, in Big Data, Editorial Advisory Board, Futures, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, by Heather Bussing

3 Magic Words  - by Heather Bussing - HRExaminer

The three most important words to know how to use are as big as: I love you, I’m sorry, and Thank you.

The three most important words to know how to use are as big as: I love you, I’m sorry, and Thank you.

They are: I don’t know.

Nice alternatives are: I haven’t got a clue; Great question; I have no idea; and, Beats the heck out me.

Most of the world’s knowledge is in our pockets. The answer to almost any question is a google search away. So being able to remember stuff is not so important any more.

What we need to know is how to ask a really good question. Then, how make sense of the results. Which ones are relevant? What information is important? Why is that?

Good questions start with, I don’t know.

When should you use “I don’t know?” A lot at the beginning. As you gain wisdom and experience, you will use it more.

Then be willing to live with the fact that there might not be an easy answer, or that it’s not clear.

One of my favorite quotes is by Isaac Asimov who said: “The phrase that heralds new discoveries is not Eureka (I found it), it’s, That’s funny.“

Uncertainty is the foundation for creativity, innovation, change, and progress.

From that place of insecurity and uncertainty, we do our finest work.



 
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