In his most recent Pinkcast, Daniel H. Pink says, “Intellectual humility is in short supply today. And that is a big big problem.” He defines intellectual humility as “the willingness to recognize that what you think, what you believe, might be wrong.”
In the video, Pink poses four questions from a book he admires by Warren Berger: The Book of Beautiful Questions: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead.
These are the questions:
- “Do I think more like a soldier or a scout?
- “Would I rather be right, or would I rather understand?”
- “Do I solicit and seek out opposing views?”
- “Do I enjoy the pleasant surprise of discovering I’m mistaken?”
I believe this very short video might contribute a lot to executive teams, management teams and to each of us individually. An executive committee might watch this together and then take five minutes to discuss the four questions Pinker poses.