Nathan Tanner

Okay, Then, What Are You Wrong About?

Last week I had a great conversation with Matt Mosman from Pelion Venture Partners.

Ryan Halverson and I led a discussion about the power of seeing the world from someone else’s perspective. At the end, I found this note Matt set on my chair.

It had two questions:

“Is it possible that you are the one person who is right about everything?”

“Okay, then, what are you wrong about?”

Matt then went on to tell me how one of his mentors challenged him with these questions and how they’ve stuck with him since.

The best leaders I know have strong beliefs. They have a powerful vision. They have conviction.

But they also have an ability to step back and question their own assumptions. They know they don’t have all the answers. They’re aware that insights or perspectives from others will push them and their companies forward.

Today, I invite you to take a few minutes to answer these two questions.

Great leadership isn’t needing to be right all the time. Great leadership is balancing conviction with openness. It’s knowing when to trust your gut and when to seek a new perspective.