Needed: A Fool’s View
Do you have a fool working for you? Executive Coach Michelle Randall hopes so.
In a Fast Company blog post, “Are You Surrounding Yourself With Fools? (You Should Be),” Randall points out the importance of truth-telling in organizations.
History and literature give us the court jester, or fool — someone who speaks the truth to powerful people. In today’s organizations, senior leaders often find themselves missing out on “meaningful feedback that they trust by their peers, direct reports or even their bosses,” Randall writes.
“That’s why it’s important to create the space for Fools,” she continues. “We’re all riddled with blind spots. If the emperor doesn’t make certain that there’s someone around who will tell him he’s not wearing clothes, then it’s his own fault for running around naked.”