Peter Kozodoy – Honest to Greatness
Peter Kozodoy shares insights from his new book “Honest to Greatness” about the transformative value of Honesty. He also shares techniques to help you use honesty to break barriers, motivate and improve performance, and build relationships of trust and respect. This episode is gold! If you enjoy this episode you will love reading Peter’s book “Honest to Greatness”.
I have a Warren Buffett approach to investing and I don’t just mean financially… I mean, investing in myself as a human. If I can spend a little bit of time and money now to have an asset that will serve me for the rest of my life. I’ll take that bet all day long. I’m now never not going to have an MBA from an Ivy League school? I’m now never not going to be an author… is this stuff painful? Yes. Is it expensive? You would not believe how expensive it is but I think of it in terms of the long-term benefit versus the short term cost? And by the way thinking long-term is a big part of how I define honesty in order to achieve outcomes. If you’re going to be honest about what it takes you’ve got to think long-term.
“Honesty is Universal”
If Honesty is the best policy then it must work universally… and guess what, it does. You can use it as a frontline employee, a middle manager, or an 11 year old girl scout. You just have to understand the nuances of how to use it because it’s very different in practice if you’re the CEO of a big company or a Frontline employee with no formal Authority. It is different if you’re at those different places, but it does work. You just have to be Strategic and not just blurt it out… It is strategic honesty.
There are two things that happen with ego. One, the bigger our ego, the bigger our blind spot. This means the bigger the number of things that we don’t know or are willing to admit about ourselves… things other people already know… and that can be so dangerous because it erodes trust. The second thing that happens is that you close yourself off to understanding what is true and you incur opportunity costs… because the further we are from the truth the further we are from capitalizing on what the facts can give us. There are two questions that I’m on a mission to have everyone adopt to help repress that ego that reptilian, responsive, emotional brain we have that can be so damaging to ourselves and our relationships and to society. The two questions are these: “Is that true?” and “How do I know?”
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