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Michelle, Your thoughts here are, as always, important and insightful. Most all of us are likely to have struggled with confidence when we face uncertainty at the scale of 2020. At times, I think we start to distrust our own perceptions. Part of venturing into discovery - seeking the potential of generative engagement - is taking risk. And I'd argue our tolerance for risk these days has trended lower - ! But I agree with you, we have to put ourselves out there. Take those chances. Sometimes it's a bias for trust, or 'benefit of the doubt' in our chance encounters. For me, it's been the chance to get to know neighbors at level I wouldn't have otherwise. And LinkedIn connections have proven a fertile ground for new ideas, and a global network of friends to brainstorm them - I hope you are faring well, under the circumstances. Again, many thanks for the on-going inspiration - !! Chris | Charlotte NC
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So much here that resonates, John. Of course, recently posting on cognitive bias in science and philosophy, I see even more clearly how we are exploring similar challenges, perhaps different dimensions of common threads. In particular, as I read your thoughts on risk/reward, it helped amplify the tenure risk in academia that I think has had a cummulative negative impact on science. Thomas Kuhn certainly thought so. Gathering data to support known theories (Kuhn's 'normal science')is immensely safer than being radical or revolutionary ('extraordinary science'). Paradigm shifts do not come easily. They are fraught with risk to incumbents of the prevailing view. Do you think science has suffered by being, on balance, too conservative?
.. would be remiss not to call out a great book by Carol Dweck that's authoritative (imo) on the above thread, called "Mindset". And of course, S.M.R.Covey's "Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything." Besides twitter, of course :) Chris
Excellent insights on paradox and trust, John. I think there is tension between growth which requires trust and vulnerability and the forces of survival which tell us to 'trust no one' and 'depend on your own instincts'. Both forces are strong. But in demanding (e.g. current economic) times, most revert to survival mode. The circle of wagons draws closer, and our availability to build new, innovation-producing relationships is constrained. When we need trust and help the most, our behavior blocks our access to it. Hence, the paradox. I think it is fundamentally a question of leadership to sustain a strong vision and messaging around growth, trust and, yes, vulnerability, when all the indicators are pointing to retrench and survive. How am I vulnerable? I'm not good at spending quality time listening, which is a powerful way to build rapport with others who have value to share. I'm working on that. Part of it is going to blogs of others who tend to have profound things to say. And look where that's brought me :) Regarding your own story, you're right, childhood shyness can have profound effects on our adult selves. I have some personal passages in that chapter as well. But fortunately, it was a just chapter, and life has continued to inspire and inform. More recently, social technologies may at long last provide some powerful ways to message beyond those traditional hurdles. Seems the ideas are flowing now .. !! Thanks as always for the insights, John. Never a dull moment on the edge, especially since you seemed to have found the center of it! Chris
Great post Rich, thanks for pulling together so many diverse views. Diversity is good. Here's some perspective on the virtual aspect.
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