Portions of the below are from Hard Facts by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton:
No drug is without side effects.
Most surgical procedures have risks and even when performed perfectly may have downsides.
Physicians are ethically obligated to reveal risks and drawbacks.
Doctors are getting better at explaining risks to patients and, in the best circumstances, enabling them to join in a decision process where risks and potential problems are considered.
No management practice/program is costless and universally applicable.
All management practices and programs have strong and weak points, and even the best have costs.
That doesn’t mean companies shouldn’t implement a management practice, just that they should recognize the hazards.
Advocates of business practices rarely describe risks, problems that arise even in successful cases, or occasions when their wares are likely to be ineffective.
Admit the Flaws of your Solution
Admit the flaws and uncertainties of your “solution.”
Admit that your solution is the best you can build right now and, like all good ideas, will require constant modification as more is learned along the way.
You may make less money in the short term, but in the long term you will be seen as an honest, straight-talking person. You will have integrity.
I make a personal pledge that for the next year whenever I make a recommendation, propose a “solution,” or give advice, I will also describe all their problems that I can think of, and I will actively seek out their problems.
Will you join me in making this pledge?