INSTANT MBA: Ask People To Call You An Idiot When You're Wrong

Jim Whitehurst

Photo: Red Hat

Today’s advice comes from Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst’s interview with ZDNet Asia:”I’m one that looks to seek consensus in decision-making. I’ve always told [employees] to call me an idiot if they think I’m doing something wrong, and many have!

“These things encourage people to share their ideas, thrash things out and be innovative.”

Whitehurst says his “geekiness” gives him some cred, allowing him to connect with younger employees at Red Hat, an open source software company based in Raleigh, N.C.

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