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Cure Your Stupid Addiction to Being Right
October 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Cure Your Stupid Addiction to Being Right” covers how as humans, are wired to get addicted to being right. Scientific studies have shown that the reward center of our brains reacts the same way when we think we’re right, that it does when we’re high on drugs. We get flooded with adrenaline and dopamine, and that feeling can make us addicted to our confirmation bias. It’s easy to assume we know better, especially as we become more capable in our field. Unknowingly, success can lead us to shut down outside perspective and input.
However, this isn’t always good news for our career or our relationships. The talk starts with background about us, and then goes into the studies about confirmation bias, and then goes through steps we can all take to welcome healthy critique and feedback in our work and project systems. The goal is to remind us that our best work happens when we put it through the crucible, as uncomfortable as that may be. Huge companies have been under intense pressure and heat (Uber) because they did not foster a culture that could accept critique within it’s employee relationships. Negotiation, critique, iteration – these are uncomfortable but healthy things that we have to make room and time for. Anecdotes about interviewing astronauts and making Botox ads, as well as a “You might be a Creative Dictator” quiz break up the slides nicely… haha.