Every day we run misinformation campaigns: in our subconscious minds. The only problem is that our unconscious biases keep hidden and we remain none the wiser because they are implicitly believed and remain completely unexamined. Unconscious bias is a hibernating bear in the dead of winter, resting deep within our psyche, emerging from sedimentary layers of personal experience and opinion. Unconscious biases flourish while thought around them remains unexamined. Consequently, looking at our biases is a great way to deconstruct them.
We all want to lead lives full of energy and vitality. We also, by and large, know how to lead such lives. We know what habits, what routines and what lifestyle changes will improve our lives. Despite this knowledge, many of us still struggle to lead the empowered, inspired, engaged lives that we feel are just a few changes away. I'd like to explore why this might be.
This poem was sent to us by Pathwise member, Wylde Grace. We can't thank her enough for sharing this beautiful, touching, personal, heartfelt poem, and it's our honor to share it with all of you. For Lynne who dances most gracefully With love from WyldeGrace The yard is messy Last year’s lettuce gone … Continue reading Dancing with Elephants
We assume data, metrics, and roadmaps are discrete, objective, and faultless. However, the same data set can be interpreted many ways, and often our underlying, unconscious emotions, affect the stories we choose to tell. We cling to these tools with a white-knuckled desperation, rigidly interpreting results in a manner consistent with what brings us comfort. Thus, the way we use data, metrics, tends to be reactive in its very nature.
There are two types of change: change that you influence and change that influences you. One has the elements of volition and a sense of control. Our egos love being validated, seated squarely in the driver’s seat. The other implies a sense of loss of the familiar and maybe even victimization or disillusionment. Our egos never like being strapped in the back, restrained in a car seat with a plastic binky shoved in our mouths silencing our restless dissent.
I knew the physics of change: to every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The more we tried to do the greater the resistance from the team and the complexity of the organization would be.
by Stephen Sloan What were they thinking? We’ve likely all asked this question in frustration, hand to forehead. I was often mystified until I saw this question’s huge built-in assumption – that they were thinking at all before they acted. Is it possible that often in the rational world of work we are acting … Continue reading Empathy Gaps: A New Image of Empathetic Leadership