If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it or throw it away and come up with something better. – Ed Catmull
In today’s podcast, we are getting candid about candor! (Bad pun intended). There are really two resources that this conversation is based around – and I’ve shared them both before – but if you’re looking for further insight on this topic, I encourage you to read The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni and Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull.
Towards the end of this episode, I share my thoughts on how to introduce candor to your organization or team if it isn’t currently part of your culture now. It worked for our team and I bet it will work for you too.
Here are some other quick takeaways on candor:
– Honesty is never wrong – it’s all about the way it’s presented. Criticize the idea, not the person.
– Sometimes candor can go too far. It should never be mean. We should never regress to schoolyard bullies.
– Be candid throughout the creative process or decision-making process, but once a direction is set – everyone on the team needs to be on board.
– Your first draft should never be your final draft. By putting lots of ideas out there and evolving them, you will ultimately end up with something great.
– Candor has to override hierarchy. Just because I’m the point leader, it doesn’t mean every idea I come up with is the best. As a leader, you’ve got to be open to feedback from your team.
– At the end of the day, candor comes back to trust and respect within a team. You’ve got to put that work in on the front end for it to work in critical situations.
Question: How welcome is candor in your organization? Are you using it to achieve the best possible dialogue – and ultimately, the best possible decisions and ideas?