Friday, March 4, 2016

Seeking Wisdom

This post was written by Kip Morse, your BBB Serving Central Ohio's President and CEO.

Imagine being in a room with a randomly selected group of peers, associates, friends, and a few other folks you know nothing about. They are all there to assist you with seeing the truth about a particular interest or dilemma you might be facing.

But what is the problem with this scenario? A lack of Trust.

In order for the Performance Group Concept to work, you must trust the group you are with. You have to know that you are among vulnerable, humble, and principled individuals. There is no hearsay that is shared or discussed as verified information. The group has to collectively be seeking what is right or true.

I currently have two groups that I treasure time with in this category. One is a performance group of 15 peer BBB leaders that meet twice a year and review hundreds of data points that reflect the end result of many decisions, policies, and initiatives. But while the data is crucial and we spend a lot of time entering it and refining what we review, the real value is the trust within the group.

I trust that everyone is focused on the same mission of being teachable and not crafty or clever. (Although we do tend to build trust on the clever way that we keep each other humble.)

The other group was formed out of a Center for Character Ethics President’s Forum a few years ago. We were a group of CEOs that wanted to discuss issues of Leadership Character and Ethical Enterprising. We still continue to meet for lunch, facilitated with a few discussion points and again, the common theme of trust permeates our group.

If you do not have a group that helps you Seek Wisdom, I would suggest you establish one. With support from understanding and trustworthy peers, we can be the best and most successful versions of ourselves. Call us here at the Center for Character Ethics if you would like assistance to put one together. We are always happy to help.

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