Why We Don’t Learn

via HBR:

Why do companies struggle to become or remain “learning organizations”? Through research conducted over the past decade across a wide range of industries, we have drawn this conclusion:

Biases cause people to focus too much on success, take action too quickly, try too hard to fit in, and depend too much on experts.

The amount of bias that we each have is much, much greater than what we all want to believe. In other words, we have more blindspots than we are even remotely aware of.

And that’s okay, mind you. The goal of growing personally and professionally isn’t to clear out obvious deficits or to “fix” the blindspots (as that would take a lifetime and provide very little short and long-term fruit of one’s labor) but to instead find great people to work with that complement those deficits and encourage you to become part of an amazing team.

Here are some of the top-end bias’ that HBR figured:

  1. Fear of Failure
  2. A Fixed Mindset
  3. Overreliance on Past Performance
  4. The Attribution Bias

They have some recommendations to counter these things, naturally.

As a parent I viewed these things through an educational lens as well, thinking about my two children and thinking through how best to give them the tools that they need to succeed, at the micro and macro level.

I want to print out those four things and be reminded, daily, that my goal isn’t to give them solutions but rather give them the tools (and the courage) to encounter problems without fear and with a health dose of curiosity that requires them to think tactically and strategically about the issues at hand.

And to never give up.

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