Disruptive Biases

Disruptive Biases

I hold the idea that the longer we own something, the more attached we become to it. More attachment means ownership feeling and the less likely that we shall be ready to dispose of it.

The Over or Excessive Bias

We observe this phenomenon in many facets of our lives. For example, loving somebody for long times excessively leads to a counter effect because of the feeling that we own this person. This results in developing feelings of ownership of this person to the extent we tempt to control/protect this person till (s)he runs away.

Overconfidence is another example. When we tend to be self-overconfident, we make mistakes because of our excessive-dependence. Leaders who fall in this trapping bias stop collaborating with others, or delegating tasks to them. Eventually, they become bound to making decisions that hurt them and the organization.

Over-expectancy bias provides another example. This bias leads us to explain results that are consistent with our expectations and not see the reality. We become blind to seeing emerging findings because they are inconsistent with our expectations.

The Over Bias Chaos

It is important to notice here that one bias may feed another bias, and this may send us rapidly into chaos. For example, the overconfidence balance and the over-expectancy bias feedback to each other and at one point their feedback may reach a tipping point that may throw us in chaos.

It is important to notice here that one bias may feed another bias, and this may send us rapidly into chaos
Ali Anani

We notice the chaos in meetings. If people have overconfidence in the leader then people have tendency to agree with her/him. Groupthink is the result where the possibility of having great discussions diminishes. We fall prey to the bias predator. This issue gets worse if the leader is the first one to speak up in a meeting. This is due to the fed of another bias- the overreliance to follow the first person who speaks. Two biases feeding each other may lead to misalignment and chaos. Still worse, if the leader has a confirmation bias with the over-tendency to accept suggestions that are consistent and confirm his thoughts.

The interaction of biases may take us into a spiraling loop. No wonder many meetings are futile and end up worse than we started them. To my amazement, I Googled for ways for move break such loops and almost got no results. This coincided with Harvey Lloyd sending me a slide on same topic in which he suggested a way to move out of such loops. I find the slide valuable and I am very happy that my friend Harvey permitted me to include in this buzz. It is worthy of your careful examination and deriving the right conclusions. In the slide Harvey mentions emotional intelligence (EI) For me, EI has a new definition. It is EI that moves us our of the emotional bias. Extremeness of emotions leads to their opposite effect and EI is there to contain this extremeness.


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Β Slide provided to me by Harvey Lloyd

From the slide we can see how a leader may move her/his team to shared success and diverse goal success. This is only possible by being active listener, reflective of ideas and understanding of the issues under discussion. The leader realizes that there are emotional issues to deal with such as pride, embarrassment of being wrong and other emotional issues.

The big question is are we trying to prove that we are right instead of finding the truth? Our egos tend to send us in the wrong direction.
Ali Anani

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#55
Thank you Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven and I believe in this quote.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Part 2 This is a great comment my dear namita sinha. It makes so much sense. The Over Bias is an extremely harmful ones and is consistent with your comment and the quote that we lose to what we cling to. In our world engulfed with Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity the tendency to go to practices that are irrelevant is simply a prescription to misery. I am all the way along with you as I approve your comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I responded as follows to the comments of namita sinha Part 1 Your second comment blew my mind with its correctness. It is amazing that I am flying early next Saturday to Casablanca and I shall be discussing exactly what you highlighted in your comment. EI starts with self-awareness and this should help us in the way you described promptly in your comment. I plan to write a post on Reverse Mentoring. whereby executives learn from new staff who have the technological skills and understanding of what the new generation needs. Many executives don't accept to learn from young employees. It is against their ego and persona- the way they would like others to see them. This is a false pride and it stops these executives from unlearning to learn. EI can be the steering for our advancement forward, or to the rear. I wish one day dear Namita Sinha we would run jointly a workshop on EI.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

namita sinha/ ppppPart 2 Especially when you talk of authentic leadership , I truly believe myself as well that much of the solution lies in emotional intelligence EI and especially the two chief pillars of EI namely Self Awareness on the one hand ,and Awareness or Empathy towards understanding others,on the other .. Self Awareness because it's crucial to understanding what exactly are we attached to and what causes the fear of letting go..,it's not often the outward symbols like people or objects but infact on transcending within..,one may conclude that we are attached to our own thoughts,beliefs and personality and giving up these or fear of losing those who give us the comfort of likeness is often what nudges us to remain in our comfort zones.. I have seen in my own Coaching work how people manage to build their own subjective social reality through such biases ,and infact on careful self examination ,they have discovered for example that they are not attached to people as such but attached to those who support their beliefs ,feelings etc and once they see the same people expressing against the way they think and feel, they are willing to drop all of them. Hence , awareness and acceptance is often the starting point for transformation

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

namita sinha wrote two comments on LI regarding this buzz on LinkedIn and they are so capturing that I decided to copy the and post them here. Indeed when you talk of doing the same things for a long time and of attachment and biases in your post..,some of my favorite topics of research too..I tend to go back to all our understanding around how the human brain works and why we embrace this idea of attachment to things ,to people and so on. Initially it does serve the purpose of social security and stability to be attached to people chiefly our caregivers, and also helps reduce our decision making cycle and our brain's effort by that much since we have already limited our options and thinking horizons by developing biases .. However in the long run we know that excess of such a phenomenon only makes us dependent ,lose out on creativity, individuality and causes so much emotional pain when confronted with change and uncertainties. At this juncture, I am reminded of a beautiful quote attributed to Buddha, " You only lose what you cling to.” – And it is therefore important to first examine what we cling to.. Contd.in reply below (edited)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#48
Very wise your comment is Roberto De la Cruz Utria. You highlight a very important issue ".not listening or defending the opinions of other members within a team". Unfortunately, people tend to follow the leader and not stand for corrective opinions. The result is losing the way ahead. The behaviors of most leader tend to augment the behavior of the team members and thus further leading to the results we witness today.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#46
I am very glad that you highlighted this quote Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. I believe in it and I am so glad that you do too. Thank you also for sharing the buzz

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee - your quote "The big question is are we trying to prove that we are right instead of finding the truth? Our egos tend to send us in the wrong direction." is a major factor in what's wrong with the world today.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#44
Harvey Lloyd to your new slide. It is worthy of your consideration. Harvey sent me a message with a slide showing the movement from shadow to ego to persona. The shadow is the place we behave unconsciously and drives our actions.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #36

Unconscious bias is even more damaging I would say :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

This is a special thank you for Juan Imaz is vital for all bees because they feel your commitment and engagement. This is a great motivation for all beBee authors.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
Your message swayed my mind with its depth and insights. I greatly appreciate that I have a friend of your caliber. I need to probe into the slide to gain more depth of it. My initial reaction- you have very powerful insights my friend Harvey.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #33

#39
On either side of intelligence we have motivation, and purpose. Purpose is something that carries its own motivation. However both concepts should emanate from the same "human" shadow concept within a pursuit of well being extrinsically. I dropped you an email with the thought. Great discussion.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#38
Thank you for sharing the buzz Harvey Lloyd as you are the "hidden" author of it.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
You bring so many interesting points Harvey Lloyd. Let me start with your writing "Intelligence is not much different than a sword. The sword is not intelligent but the agent that wields it is. This brings forward two very salient facts. When to wield and when to sheath. Second what tells us the right choice". This is a highly important perspective. Knowing when to use and when not is the question. I may add here another suggestion. When to wield is accompanied for what purpose? Sometimes, a leader may use the sword for wrong reasons. The second point, which is of high importance, is "Intelligence is measured by those extrinsic to you". This is a deep thought and a leader is successful by fulfilling is prime duty- to lead with trust and purpose. If (s)he can achieve this then followers shall self-align. Great thoughts in this comment that deserve a post on their own.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #30

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee is stirring leadership thought with a great discussion around the nuances of EI. He introduces our own bias to the skill sets and how they may deter the outcome from hitting the intended mark.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #29

#20
#24 Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee describes. To stay within a leadership frame work here i would say that the motivation for EI is more important than the act itself. Intelligence is not much different than a sword. The sword is not intelligent but the agent that wields it is. This brings forward two very salient facts. When to wield and when to sheath. Second what tells us the right choice. In this leadership example we can discern that we must determine the wield state of the sword (Our tongue) from a deeper perspective than the mechanics of EI. If we start from the leader knowing that those in his/her charge must succeed also, EI flows naturally within the process. If i start with β€œme first” then EI will always be uncovered as a sword of self. Once we latch on to the fact, regardless of the leaders perspective, all must move forward, many of the current leadership trends make sense. Remove this and we see the empty suit leaders who say the right words, but appear shallow in action. Intelligence is measured by those extrinsic to you. I can state my intelligence but this only substantiates the internal bias loop of β€œme”. My intelegence is rated within those i lead and their growth. (Action)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
Thank you Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris and your comment is assuring. I same the same wishes with you.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Intriguing insights. I particularly like the one about being right vs. being truthful. Also, how a more detached approach to these matters, through EI, can offer us perspective and a more fruitful approach. I wish more leaders would adopt this stance in their meetings.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
Fully agree with you Clau Valerio. I loved your buzz of today and as you mentioned in it a genuine smile can do the transformation. Sometimes a smile can have a great effect to transform us and others. Yes, we may undergo ,many transformations in our lives. Wise you are.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
I was pondering last night on the idea of a new buzz. It basically deals with disruptive change and the need of it to transform and not merely change incrementally. I am in full agreement with your comment dear Clau Valerio in which you wrote "new way to develop creativity, abandoning old beliefs and existing ways to sell, work, interact, communicate, convince, inform, direct, link and deal with the people to be". To transform is to move to a new state, new-self and not merely to be a better one. I am in full agreement with your sound comment. New thinking, new approaches, exploring new possibilities and imaginative ones, are among the factors to transform. You are very wise my lady.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
I am double-joyful to read your comment dear . One reason is your contribution a comment after sometime. Second, not an ordinary comment yours is. I enjoyed reading your deep thought here "The more we do a wrong idea/action/thing repeatedly the more the tendency to think we are doing the right thing". Yes, this is the time factor. The more we do, the more we own the wrong that we do. Soon, the adverse effect results. You are wise beyond your age my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
This is a spot on comment Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven. I wrote recently that when we resist a feeling we produce its opposite. That is why I loved your comment in which you wrote "The prideful person resists this type of humility, and with a bias mind leads to disruption". This is a far-reaching thinking.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
SO, you are in agreement with the comment #25 ? Thank you for your response and educated comment.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

2 years ago #21

Fantastic buzz dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I enjoy reading your thoughts cause their make get out of that comfort zone we all love to be in. The more we do a wrong idea/action/thing repeatedly the more the tendency to think we are doing the right thing. We all know wrong is wrong no matter the number of people do the same thing or the same action occurs. It is important to have our egos checked now and then through self reflection, group thinking and acceptance to learning to our mistakes, so we don’t fall into the wrong routine or wrong bias you have excellently explained above. A fantastic leadership graph by Harvey. Thank you Dr. Anani

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #20

#21
Remember that practically does not mean practice. It is through practice we demolish the model that looked practical - intelligence in its fullest form is when we are free of the crutches of a model or a formula or a method. That is the "intelligence" I strive for and when I attain it, realize how simple it actually is and how we design so much that gets in the way of that truth.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
This is a remarkable comment dear Debasish Majumder. You refere in a way to social intelligence and leading intelligence. It is so amazing that at this minute I am reading a post on this issue and how small matters make affect people surrounding us emotionally. This is a very interesting read. The link is https://www.ciphr.com/advice/success/ It is quite interesting that in this post the author gives a great example of the Over-Bias that I mentioned in this buzz. Here, is is a quote from this post on the over-bias that reads: "This may appear an obvious observation, but it was also found that if the decision was over-thought (too much time taken over an easy decision) then the opposite, negative, effect was seen"

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

2 years ago #18

i wonder, 'intelligence' you referred is absolutely a social affair being equated and judged bu human as human beings are social beings. in nature, intelligence are being displayed as a natural phenomena and paved the way for human to emulate for making innovations or disruption we may termed, just for the sake of serving the interest for few precisely keeping in view to serve the certain section of people in the society. in my opinion 'bias' is quite common trend since from its inception in the nature it too have its ingrained root and being designed to keep the balance in the eco-system, unlike in human society, where it plays a pivotal role to make a new style in human social system. however, your perception in terms of 'intelligence' is a point to be needed to ponder with due gravity, where the duality within bias makes it more pertinent and intriguing sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Two important issues in your comment. 1- "We need to understand the label "intelligence" as the small i and the wisdom of intelligence as the big I". To this I agree 2- intelligence that is intelligent knows that placing the word intelligence to describe something does not make it "intelligent". Again, I agree. Describing an idea as genius when it is not doesn't make genius. That is why I loved the image provided by Harvey Lloyd because it defines intelligence practically.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #16

#18
Yes it is EI because that is the LABEL we have subscribed to it as a theoritical basis originally outlined by Daniel Goleman who came up with this idea. It is no more different to the label AI where the word "intelligence" serves as a SUFFIX to "artificial". Then there is BI which is a suffix to "business". Just because we want to see the word intelligent as actual intelligence is a totally different reality from the way intelligence is widely used as a suffix. We need to understand the label "intelligence" as the small i and the wisdom of intelligence as the big I. That is why I prefer to call the big I here as "Emotional WIsdom". You can either build on the work of Daniel Goleman and then that is an academic pursuit, or we can live the word and then the word intelligence ceases to be a definition or a suffix or a label - it is a lived and evolving reality well beyond the box we treat as a conceptual object. Intelligence that is intelligent knows that placing the word intelligence to describe something does not make it "intelligent". Lets stop placating the platitudes of emotional intelligence and recognize that we all operate at our own kind of intelligence, just as we operate at the level of our own unique DNA and cognitive development potential.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #15

#18
Yes it is EI because that is the LABEL we have subscribed to it as a theoritical basis originally outlined by Daniel Goleman who came up with this idea. It is no more different to the label AI where the word "intelligence" serves as a SUFFIX to "artificial". Then there is BI which is a suffix to "business". Just because we want to see the word intelligent as actual intelligence is a totally different reality from the way intelligence is widely used as a suffix. We need to understand the label "intelligence" as the small i and the wisdom of intelligence as the big I. That is why I prefer to call the big I here as "Emotional WIsdom". You can either build on the work of Daniel Goleman and then that is an academic pursuit, or we can live the word and then the word intelligence ceases to be a definition or a suffix or a label - it is a lived and evolving reality well beyond the box we treat as a conceptual object. Intelligence that is intelligent knows that placing the word intelligence to describe something does not make it "intelligent". Lets stop placating the platitudes of emotional intelligence and recognize that we all operate at our own kind of intelligence, just as we own operate at the level of our own unique DNA and cognitive development potential.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Thank you CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit for widening the discussions. EI may be used constructively or destructively. I am aware of people who manipulated other using emotional influence. But do we call this intelligence? I don't disagree with the examples that you provided and I have no problem with them. Like a knife we may use it to serve a purpose or to kill somebody. Dynamite is a great example. It was developed to break rocks and now it has many evils. Again, do we consider this EI?

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #13

It is not just ego's that can send us in the wrong direction but also our tribal affiliations. I include "Emotional Intelligence" in a mischief of buzzwords we use which can inverse their original intent or like "personal brand" actually use bias as a deliberate strategy to foster an ideal image or social reputation. The reversal in "emotional intelligence" stems from how it helps con artists to prey on genuinely emotionally wise people. It has also become a tool of choice for narcissists in their manipulations of what people consider to be "emotionally intelligent". Bias sits inside that group behaviour and it is insufficient to place the finger on ego alone when these corruptions rely on group dynamics to be in play. How can a man alone in an island need a bias unless it is in relationship with another - it does not matter how egotistical that man who lives in their own island is, it has no bearing on his bias because in that extreme situation there is no "other" to experience it. http://time.com/5300642/dark-side-emotional-intelligence/ and https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/the-dark-side-of-emotional-intelligence/282720/

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
My pleasure dear Jerry

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #11

#12
Dr. Ali, I look forward to your musings.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Spot on your comment is Anne \ud83d\udc1d Thornley-Brown, MBA. I believe you have a gem of quote in your comment. That is " Chaos does not have to be loud to be disruptive". This is worthy of a post my friend. It is deep thinking. Yes, and I too wrote about groupthink and its ill-function. https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/unequal-opposites

Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA

I have also posted about the disruptive influence of Groupthink. That may be a strange word because Groupthink keeps meetings quiet and without much engagement. The disruption is that the best ideas and approaches never surface and this undermines the effectiveness of the organization. Chaos does not have to be loud to be disruptive. I never thought of the role biases played in fueling the groupthink cycle but you are on to something here, especially the over-confidence and confirmation biases...a deadly combination to team and organizational effectiveness.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
My friend Jerry, I wish I could disagree with you. I wrote a presentation on groupthink in which I showed the shortcomings of their functionality and how to override them. The presentation has about 20K views and a huge number of downloads. https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/unequal-opposites I myself get most of my ideas when I am alone. However; I get inspirations from good mind like yours. Only today I got inspired by you for an idea of a buzz. This buzz is an inspiration from our friend Harvey Lloyd. Your relevant examples are an added proof and I hope not a sort of confirmation bias. Thank you for bringing this hugely important issue to the discussion.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #7

Dr. Ali, This post reminds me of a bias that is prevalent in the world today: "Two (or more) minds are better that one." The place that fails is in the creative arts. Symphonies are written by individuals. The greatest visual art of all time has been the inspiration of individuals. Even software initial strides are usually the idea of a single individual. Even major scientific theories have, in many cases, individual progenitors. Mathematics is possibly the strangest. We are still struggling to comprehend work done in the last century by a solitary Indian mathematician. Am I biased in this regard? Yes. I agree with the tenets in The Medici Effect but my bias says that even in the optimum innovation environment, the really new will come from an individual, not a team.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
Good day Jennifer Leach-Trask. Your mind is functioning better than most of us. You found a way to highlight names by giving the link to the author web address. This is a smart idea. I wish your depression would go away very soon. I am glad that you find the buzz useful. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
I understand that you wrote "We need to design tools that replace the origin-continuity of the lies? Many have the truth just to adapt to the lies, YOUR PURPOSE to leave a space for statistics TO MEASURE FORCES? Interestingly, there are statistical biases which tell lies and hide the truth.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Dear Debasish Majumder- there is the emotional bias among the most important biases. This bias happens when our emotions become overly extreme and produce their counter effect. There is no denial that emotions are power; bin order to have a useful power from them they need to be within the range of "safety". I appreciate greatly your kind words and sharing of the buzz.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

2 years ago #3

'emotion itself cause riot to ones reason', a common adage we are accustomed with. but, without emotion how creation can take its course, i wonder. where we may virtually control and science is simply encouraging us by taking away our emotions and converting us into a mere tool being guided by technology and making us slave to it. allured by profits are the only focus nowadays, which alone is responsible for all disruption i guess. my emotions only drive me to go through this buzz and your buzzes are becoming a passion for me to be allured where there is no such sense of any apparent profit. neither you deliver with an aim to make any profit. how will you equate that this kind of emotional trait having potential to bring any disruption? its motion itself having the capacity to increase more readers with a positive engagement, not to deter one or to be disengaged. only thing, i fail to gauge the emotional motion and its spiral movement, whether it is upward or downward and what external condition favor such movement. however, intriguing buzz indeed sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed and shared with emotions of fervor, facilitating many to go through this delightful buzz. thank you for the buzz sir.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I wish I could delete the first comment Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee. These are unwelcome comments and fall completely outside my domain of interest.

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