Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
By: Adam Grant
Our most recent book club pick – Adam Grant’s Think Again: The Power of Knowing What you Don’t Know – touched on one of the most important things that we all tend to forget: It’s okay to be wrong. This ended up being one of the biggest topics of our discussion, as there are many different ways in which this can affect how we work and interact with people.
As Dr. Grant explains, “The joy of being wrong” is an important part of life because being wrong means that you learned something. As a society, we don’t love being wrong. However, if you change the way you look at things and instead see being wrong as a chance to grow, then maybe being wrong is actually not the worst thing. Additionally, we talked about the importance of people who hold positions of power being willing to admit when they don’t know/understand something. This tends to make leaders seem more relatable and easier to support.
We also talked a little bit about how modern methods of communication (mostly in regard to social media) are not designed in a way that makes discussing a difficult or nuanced topic easy. They do not allow for the depth and breadth most often required to be able to fully dive into differing views. There does not always have to be a debate, but it is unfair to consider something a conversation if you are limited in any capacity (e.g., a 280-character count).