The careerist: Saying ‘I don’t know’
Most of us don’t know everything. Heck, none of us do! Then why is it so difficult to say it out loud? Or is it just in certain circumstances? I believe we all have something to learn in this respect. Admitting not knowing can truly be liberating.. as the article describes below, for people working under you, it can even be a stepping stone to individual thought, action and empowerment!
“Believing you should know everything can be very restrictive as it closes your mind to other sources of knowledge and other opinions,” says Ms Cunningham. “It can stifle your potential for creativity and be quite stressful.”
I’ve even used this in the case of tricky questions coming at me in lectures: That’s a good question! I don’t know the answer, but I’ll do my best to find out and will get back to you next week. – Truly honest, and puts me to work too!