It's perfectly okay to say "I don't know, let's research this together."

This tweet:

Along with my reply:

Started a chain of thought for me, around the subject of what it means to be a "senior", or a "lead". To me, it's not about being better, knowing more, knowing everything (although, if you meet anyone who claims that, run, run for the hills!), it's about knowing how to know. I know that's a torturous use of English but it best describes the point I'm trying to make. Anyone, and I do mean anyone, can know a particular piece of information. Being able to take a problem and find a way to solve it, that's a skill. Being able to guide someone towards a solution, rather than telling them how to solve a problem, that's a skill. The best teachers I had, each and every one of them, guided me towards answers rather than serving them up on a platter and I think it's really important to develop that skill when you're in a position to guide others.

The best way to learn is to teach

By embracing that sentiment you'll not only be developing those around you, but you'll also make yourself better. It's a win all round, right? Not only that, but the process of discovery, as alluded to in the tweets I've referenced, will often mean that you learn something new yourself, as part of an experience you share which will help the knowledge to "stick" because of it being a shared experience.

If you're in a leadership role, ask yourself "when was the last time I guided rather than told". If the answer isn't "very recently", perhaps that's something you could consider changing?

About Rob

I've been interested in computing since the day my Dad purchased his first business PC (an Amstrad PC 1640 for anyone interested) which introduced me to MS-DOS batch programming and BASIC.

My skillset has matured somewhat since then, which you'll probably see from the posts here. You can read a bit more about me on the about page of the site, or check out some of the other posts on my areas of interest.

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