The Dunning-Kruger Effect. I had no idea what this was 2 weeks ago, and now I feel like I hear about it every day. In case you similarly had missed this gem, it says in a nutshell, people with limited knowledge or competence often wrongly overestimate their knowledge and ability. Shocker... Of equal importance, often times, these same folks are the most vocal, confident, and dare I say, arrogant.
Crystalizing the issue, has really made me think about how we structure meetings, how we seek input, and how we build inclusion. Current culture rewards certainty and volume, even when frequently neither is warranted. Even if there is limited truth to the premise that the loudest and most "confident" speakers may not be "the smartest people in the room," we need to reboot a lot of our social practices. In Adam Grant's new book, Think Again, they take on these issues an many more.
From the positives of imposter syndrome, to creating a space for inclusion, my notes are almost as long as the book...
“Rule number one: never miss a new Adam Grant book! I loved this one!” Malcolm Gladwell #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outliers and host of Revisionist History