With the political season revving up for the primaries, one of the biggest accusations politicians make against another is the evil and dreaded “Flip-Flop”. A candidate votes on an issue 15 years ago and if they do not maintain their opinion for the rest of their political lives they are inconsistent, untrustworthy, shifty, carpet bagging Flip Floppers!!
While changing ones opinion to curry favor with a section of the voters is blatant pandering and will cost you integrity points why isn’t there room for growth? Why can’t someone’s opinion change, especially when new information is available?
Politicians can never be wrong. Even when confronted with the true and undeniable facts, they will spin the information to show their originally wrong statement was actually correct. While that may work on a disinterested public during a 24 hour news cycle, if you try doing that with your employees… you’ll get a very different outcome. They know when they are being fed BS and your attempts to twist the past to fit your version of what is right will create distrust.
Leaders and managers have to constantly be gathering data to make the proper decisions. When new information comes in, they need to be able to quickly judge its value and adapt if necessary. It’s not flip-flopping if you are learning and reconsidering. What was true 15 years ago may not be the case in today’s ever evolving workplace.
Sticking to your guns can be an admirable quality…until you’re out of bullets. Then you’re just a guy waiting around to get shot.