pre-judging, processes and outcomes, and travel warnings.
Mar 16, 2017
What our friends say.
Stereotypes exist to help us make sense of the world by categorizing and systematizing information. Typically, stereotypes are associated with people and culture and refer to attributes people think characterize a group…for better or worse.
For example, when it comes to the professional arena, did you know that using your middle initial on your resume makes you look smarter? We’re looking at you, Atticus D. Yates III.
Or that Silicon Valley has a systemic problem with the lack of female engineers because hey, let’s sign Susie up for dance camp instead of that STEM class she wanted to take?
And we all know SAT scores are a poor indicator of performance in college, but hey, let’s sign Johnny up for that SAT summer camp.
All this is to say, people are horrible at judging and can easily default to stereotyping.
“Don’t shoot the messenger” is a popular idiom because the natural reaction to bad news is to…well, shoot the messenger. Did you know weathermen receive death threats all the time?
Similarly in an organization, it's easy to point blame at the person who made the mistake. However, what we should really work to do is identify the process behind that decision.
The process that’s in place can help drive different outcomes. Everyone wants to optimize for a good process and a good outcome. And while we don’t want good processes generating bad outcomes, what we really want to avoid is a bad process generating a good outcome.
"As tough as a good process/bad outcome combination is, nothing compares to: bad process/good outcome. This is the wolf in sheep's clothing that allows for one-time success but almost always cripples any chance of sustained success.”
Got that friend or co-worker you talk alot about "life" stuff with?
As if the world doesn’t hate Americans enough already, our buddies at the State Department releases stats around just how many advisories and warnings they issue for Americans traveling abroad. To remind us, I'm sure.
Looking at the diagram above, "we found that Mexico, Mali, and Israel have been targeted by the most travel advisories in recent years (28, 26, and 25, respectively), but that Americans are more likely to face life-threatening danger in Thailand, Pakistan, and Honduras.”
This is because travel advisories in certain countries, like Mexico, are for a specific area that has gang-controlled violence, versus the country as whole that might see terrorist attacks. Did you know that since 2009, more Americans were killed in Mexico (598) than Afghanistan (84)?