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March 8, 2012

Aphorism of the Week #12 – He may be wrong, but he’s never in doubt.

Filed under: Aphorism — Mike Kueber @ 7:28 pm
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The aphorism, “He may be wrong, but he’s never in doubt” was one of my favorite put-downs of decisive alpha-males that I encountered during my career in insurance.  Of course, the appellation was not limited to men.  In fact, it seemed that women in management had to be even more alpha than the men to overcompensate the weaker-sex stereotype. 

Although cautious types like me prefer looking, listening, and thinking before we stick our necks out, leadership manuals often warn that most people are more likely to follow a dumb person who is certain than a smart person who is unsure.

My conclusion is that a truly smart person will learn how to do three things:

  • Debunk the false confidence of the dummy;
  • Reveal the smart person’s uncertainty only on a need-to-know basis; and
  • Act as decisively as appropriate for the situation.
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2 Comments »

  1. hmmmmm,

    bold words for someone retired…

    Q

    Comment by Q — March 9, 2012 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

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