Recently I have had the misfortune of having to deal with a know-it-all. We have all had the experience. You can’t talk to them. They don’t listen. They don’t have to. After all, they know everything. And, of course, when what they are working on blows up in their face, it’s never their fault.
The good news is that these people never get anywhere. Or, if a miracle occurs and they do succeed in moving up the ladder, eventually they will crash. At that stage you will be rid of them and I’ll get them as a career counseling client! Lucky you; lucky me…
But who are the people who do succeed? Who are the people who move up the ladder? Those are the people who show strength and confidence by revealing weakness. They are the ones who look the boss straight in the eye and say, “I don’t know,” or “I need help.”
The first three words show that you want to learn. The second three show that you do not let your ego get in your way. They both show that you know that your responsibilities are not all about you but rather about the company, the team. You see the bigger picture.
Use those three words with pride, confidence and determination and you’ll succeed.