“Den schlecten Mann muss man verachten / Der nie bedacht was er vollbringt” — “We must spurn him as a worthless man who never applies his brains to what he is working at.” – Schiller
It occurred to me this morning that virtually every one of “my” best decisions at work came not from me exclusively, but from the thoughtful considerations of those with whom I am privileged to collaborate. In fact, one of my favorite things to hear when speaking with my colleagues at work is the opening phrase: “I was thinking…”
I’ve observed over time that such talk threatens an insecure manager, but thrills a strong one. Weak people are terrified of people who think for themselves; strong people are inspired by them.