Be the Dumbest Person in the Room by Roman Temkin

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If you want to get better and learn more about anything, you cant ever be the smartest person in the room. Your ego doesnt matter here. If you spend all your time trying to be the Know It All, you will soon know nothing worth knowing. And much less than you should if you want to be the best manager or leader you can be.

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  • Be the Dumbest Person in the Room

    If you want to get better and learn more about anything, you cant ever be the smartest person in the room. Your ego doesnt matter here. If you spend all your time trying to be the Know It All, you will soon know nothing worth knowing. And much less than you should if you want to be

    the best manager or leader you can be.

    The solution is simple.

    Be the dumbest person in the room. Maybe not literally, but you get the idea. Surround yourself

    with people who know more about whatever it is you want to do better. Find the most educated,

    wise and capable people and just listen.

    Learn to ask the best questions.

    Never ask how to do something. You can find how in a manual. Focus on why and when and where they learned. Let people tell you stories about their successes and failures. Listen for the

    wisdom in their words. More often than not, the how parts not covered in the manual will be uncovered in their wisdom.

    Determine what builds your trust and look for people that offer you that.

  • Everyone has a different trust threshold. Learn what causes you to trust someones word. Is it education? Experience? Reputation? A combination of these and other things? Find out and look

    for people who possess those attributes. Seek out what they have to offer, so you dont have to learn the hard way.

    Listen to the people you hired for their skills.

    It does you little good as a manager to invest intense time, money and effort bringing in the Best

    Person For A Job then hamstringing that person immediately by forcing them to do it The Way

    You Want. Listen to their input, ask them questions let them be the expert you hired.

    Limit your hard knocks.

    A lot of dumb people like to brag about their education in the School Of Hard Knocks. Sure, you

    will have to learn some things that way, but theres no rule that says you have to learn everything the hard way. Scars may make for cool stories, but you know what makes for better ones? Doing

    it right the first time.

    Roman Temkin is a real estate developer from NYC.