The Power of Saying &I Don't Know&
Column by Janine Popick, Inc.com "Girl Power Female CEO's" February 11, 2010 Imagine six business colleagues in a meeting and the leader of the meeting says: "Did everyone get the TPS report?" Everyone in the room nods. If you have no clue what a TPS report is and you’re like me, you raise your hand and say, "At the risk of sounding like an idiot, I don’t know what a TPS report is, can you elaborate?" The leader then elaborates and you see a sign of quiet calm come over all of the people that now know what a TPS report is, because you asked. They wouldn’t risk looking like an idiot or risk showing a sign of weakness, but you actually showed a sign of strength. In today's ultra competitive work environment, many people feel the need to be "super workers" and have an answer to every question. I once worked with a guy who was a stereotypical Sales Shark! In another incident, I was recently on a conference call with someone who was trying to get our business.