5 years, 3 months ago

Lengthening misery

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=219

Sometimes we as humans have the tendency to stand on our own feed while trying to run and many of these mechanisms are well known in certain quarters and less well known in others.So this is why I was asked to describe them, even if some will know this. The first of those tendencies is what is commonly referred as to the durability bias or overthinking where when we forecast our own ability in the future we overestimate often horrible on the intensity and future feelings. This something that can lead to a lot of stress and often the reason that we push a future assignment even more into the future while our feeling of tackling it even gets more unpleasant. Theses why it important to always first do those tasks where we already have a unwell feeling toward.

The second area is that of distorted motivations where we expect praise for solving a particular piece of work and when we finish we get nothing or are even critiqued for wasting time, even if our invention will deliver a lot of savings for the company. This distortion is especially often experienced by engineers and scientists, who often do not realise that the only thing to get you praise are those things where you actually do a good deal of self promotion. A lot of people see this as unfair and ask for the system to be changed, however many usually forget that in the first instance we are employed to do a certain job and that outperforming or peers on a non scheduled base usually just raises sentiment in a way that can easily destroy a team spirit. Therefore if you want to develop a great idea, please do so in a group as this is usually much more acceptable. 

Another distortion is that of missing under and overcorrection. Often as architects we work in a space where there are very few that understand what we are doing, so we usually only measured on some outcomes,but seldom on how effective we work. As in cars where you have got and over and an understeering, we also get it wrong when we are overcorrected (too much reporting) or under-corrected. However architects get easier wrong in under-correction than wrong on overcorrection. The reason is that they usually are more anchored in an engineering or artist role, both liking as little management as possible and as such often creating a lot of problems for people that come after them.

Another common distortion is that of cultural theories or ‘incorrect theories’ as they are usually referred to. Here their culture leads them into under proven ground, such as that there is a correlation between happiness and wealth that holds true for everyone or that customer service stats are reflecting the satisfaction on the services of their company when in reality the weather has a much bigger influence on measuring customer satisfaction. This often especially lead business and enterprise architects into blind alleys where it is hard to emerge from instead of starting the journey with a bit of critical thinking.

The last two that I have experienced myself enough times are immune neglect and localism. Immune neglect is the tendency of our ego to defend itself. An example is that while I usually often disable the comment function mainly because of the lengthen time of defending hacks in that area, I get a lot of feedback either through my email (snosser@gmail.com) or via other means. Usually people will tell me to shut up, explain that I cannot communicate or tell me to continue. For me it is important to let the first through my ego defines line and often to admit that I mainly write the blog as a hobby and because I like it. Taking myself to serious is however a trap that I have fallen for far too many times. Focalism occurs when we make predictions and solely focus on the outcome of the event in question. For architects this can be deadly as they are expected to scan for collateral damage when implementing anything. If you are an account localism can often be important as you should not influenced by things that may happen, but where you just  get distracted, but for an architect it is vital to avoid this.

P.S. By the way the ‘snosser’ in my email and my call signs is the name of my second stuffed animal and usually it helps me to filter through a lot of emails to Steve Nosser and similar.  

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