If you think you don’t have your own doubts, think harder

Out of the five thousand species of mammals on this planet, only humans have the luxury to doubt things in the universe. 

Isn’t that incredible? What an extraordinary gift we’ve been given. The ability to scrutinize ourselves and our societies and our surroundings. 

Because contrary to popular conditioning, doubt isn’t a snag, it’s a spark. Doubt is a starting point for deeper thinking. It’s an elixir that keeps us engaged in the decision making process. A staircase that takes us down to more interesting and meaningful places. Places that we might not have dared visit under more faithful conditions. 

Organizations could use a taste of this medicine. Because so few of them make it easy for people to express their concerns and reservations. Most employees are dissuaded from starting to look for secrets within the corporate walls.

I remember reading multiple news stories about banks that launched kill a stupid rule programs. As the story goes, anyone who spotted a rule that kept employees from delighting customers would get fifty bucks. 

That’s powerful. It not only celebrates doubt, but also creates a platform to communicate it. 

And so, whether you’re a billion dollar organization, or simply someone who wants to tap into their native human endowments, maybe you should try a little doubt. 

You never know where it will take you. 


How scary do you find doubting your own beliefs?

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  



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