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Thriving Businesses Embrace Intellectual Honesty

A successful company always has great leaders creating thoughtful engagement. The leaders– and their companies– that stand apart from the crowd have something called intellectual honesty. It’s about authenticity and integrity. We found an interesting article on the subject that we just had to share with you. Perry Tam wrote that intellectual honesty “means always seeking the truth regardless of whether or not it agrees with your own personal beliefs. For a business, this means that decisions are grounded by facts, not by the stature or position of the individual within the company presenting it.” Leaders know that the best way to engage their team is to allow them to voice their opinions and weigh in on the various ins and outs of company matters– no matter their position. If they’re an intern or the CEO, they should have a place to share their voice. Awesome leaders know how to move with the ebb and flow of change and constantly strive for the best. This intellectual honesty or integrity helps to establish the building blocks for open dialogue, objective communication, and goal achievement. Let’s dive into Tam’s three tips for properly implementing some intellectual honesty:
  1. “Allowing for the best ideas to emerge.” Open discussions are absolutely pivotal when it comes to allowing great ideas to come about. Sure, one person can come up with a good idea, but a team of people having a conversation can ensure a stellar proposal. People tend to feed of each other– meaning that one person might say something and then the next will build on it and then next will bring it home. It’s about TEAMWORK. Make it so the whole team can chime in on new ideas, remembering to value each person for their contribution. It helps to create a space where everyone can ask the important questions and work to find the answers together.
  2. “Constant learning and improvement.” Okay, so you’ve started to create dialogue. Why? And more importantly, what now? When employees feel like their voice matters, they will be more likely to share and work productively. They will feel inspired and engaged. In turn, this will lead to more objective sharing in the long run. Basically, it’s creating opportunity for the team members to challenge the status quo and innovate with each other. This will create a culture of learning and adapting. We should always be striving for the best– always be moving forward. Intellectual honesty keeps up the culture throughout the whole year– and not just at team meetings or retreats. A great leader knows to facilitate, not take over. Facilitate constant improvement and you WILL see it happen.
  3. “Efficiency and changing market needs.” This one builds off of the second tip. Remember that the times are literally ALWAYS changing. It’s inevitable, BUT that is not a bad thing. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. The ever-shifting society allows for us to create and inspire. It gives us a way to out do ourselves and work up to a better version of ourselves. Because of this, we need to focus on remaining efficient and implementing new ideas at appropriate rates. After discussing and coming up with a great idea, we can’t just sit on our butts and wait for something to happen. We have to efficiently implement it so that our customers are always happy. Don’t waste time. Give the people what they want!
So, that’s it for now, friends! What do you think? Sounds simple enough to manage and we know you can create that much needed culture of integrity and intellectual honesty.