Certainty restricts an organization’s vision about the future and limits the range of expression required for a co-creative environment. Like a blinders for a horse they prevent an organization from noticing what is going on around them and to adapt to what lies outside their limited view.
Perception is a creation of the mind and flawed by definition. Our past experiences produce assumptions that combine with what is happening to produce a perception. Brains are easily fooled and we must be constantly aware that it is possible we are not perceiving something with 100% fidelity.
For fun, visit Dan Ariely’s website and view his demonstration of the Kofka Ring. Dan is a behavioral economist. His studies show that humans don’t always act rationally (imagine that). The Kofka Ring shows that your visual perception – the one that processes the most information on a daily basis – is easily fooled to believe that a gray ring is actually two shades of gray. It is a simple experiment illustrating that if your that easily fooled when you have a ton of information, then maybe uncertainty is a better stance than certainty.
So, remain curious. Being curious allows you to see under certainty and explore other possibilities. This is true even when the certainty is your own.