Biases, like diseases, have many causes; yet we throw the same cure at everything. Dr. David Rock
People seem to act on beliefs that do not seem wholesome. When a sale may be imminent and your intuition has been urging you to go the other way, take a moment and choose to be compliant. Speak up is the new mantra so we don’t find ourselves saying, “I wish I hadn’t done that.” I wish I had known what I know now.” “What was I thinking.”
Our first reaction is often, judgment, after learning unsettling facts. It’s very hard to sit back and wait for the truth to be known. We feel an emotion so strong that our anchored initial judgment will not allow us to hear, let alone listen, to facts that answer our questions. The anchored initial judgment will not allow the pain to be diffused easily. Humanity hurts and our level of patience and understanding seems to have reached a level close to exhaustion because the unsettling reality is so painful. When the Challenger Space Shuttle blew-up before our eyes on television, people said enough, take it off the media. http://www.history.com/topics/challenger-disaster. The deaths we have witnessed recently across the United States in the past few weeks is enabling many people to also say, enough. President Obama offers a number of strategies to keep us safe at our workplaces: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/06/address-nation-president. Tolerance is a basic American value, both at the workplace and our community.
We are living and working in a new era. Our responsibility lies within us to follow the advice of our Leaders to maintain the common good for all of us. Peace.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach