How do you set the best course for solving a problem?  One almost sure path to failure is to believe that you know the answer before falling in love with the problem itself.  It takes an open mind to explore the many opportunities available to move forward.  Don’t assume that you know the answer.  An elite level professional explores the depth of the problem, observes and empathizes with those at the front of the organization doing the work, and then applies the simplest and best possible solution to move forward with others.

Radical Open Mindedness Guidance from Ray Dalio (Principles):

  • your ability to deal with not knowing is more important than what you do know
  • decision making is two steps
    • take in all relevant information
    • then decide
  • don’t worry about looking good; worry about achieving your goal
  • you can’t put “out” (convey their thinking) without taking “in” (to learn)
  • looking for the best answer- not the best answer you can come up with

It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best”     — Edwards Deming —

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