Idea Meritocracy

For each important decision we have to make, what if we had a system in place that would bring in other intelligent and independent thinkers that will most likely disagree with us, but in a way that leads to a solution produced through resolving the collection of thinking that takes place? This is what an idea meritocracy looks like. I was introduced to the concept in Principles by Ray Dalio. According to Dalio, the idea meritocracy outperforms any other decision-making system, with which I agree.

In my own experience, I usually can think of someone(s) that I think may have a little bit more to offer when a tough and difficult decision lies in front of me. Admittedly, this/these someone(s) to which I turn share my way of thinking. Rarely do I seek those intelligent and/or experienced individuals who may not share my way of thinking, but are independent thinkers nonetheless. There are many hiccups and obstacles I could have probably avoided in my decision making had I sought them out every time.

To be clear, we don’t want to seek out independent thinkers that don’t share our values. The values you hold dear should be shared among your idea meritocracy. Their way and method of independent thinking is where you want the variance. The opposite of such a structure requires unquestionable loyalty and obedience. If you look at some of today’s leadership, you’ll find this cult-like leadership in place, and observe the bad decisions that result.

Cultivate the leaders that lean toward an idea meritocracy rather than unquestionable loyalty.

Featured photo by Daniele Franchi on Unsplash

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