Based in Washington, Ross is a general manager of a food safety company. His musings explore life, work and every moment in between.

Intellectual Humility

Daniel Pink talks about Intellectual Humility: the willingness to recognize what you think and believe might be wrong.


He gives us four questions to test your intellectual humility:

1.     Do I behave like a soldier or a scout? Soldier defends a position, scouts explore and look for new ideas.

2.     Would I rather be right, or would I rather understand? Long term knowledge is more important than short term victories.

3.     Do I solicit and seek out opposing views? (Try not to ask questions that begin with “Don’t you agree…?”)

4.     Do I enjoy the pleasant surprise of discovering that I’m mistaken? It is not a failure to be wrong, you’ve just learned something new.


I have not been as intellectually humble as I would like. I have violated each of these many times over. I can do better and I will.


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