The benefit of errors

I have been reading a series of books about what at first appeared to be unrelated topics. Neuroscience, talent (or the lack thereof), checklists, decision-making, and high performance teams. While not a common theme on the face of each book – an underlying principle in all of them is the importance of mistakes and errors.

‘Moonwalking with Einstein’, by Joshua Foer

Do you have a good memory? Have you ever sat at your desk trying to remember your login password? Stood in the corner of a room trying to avoid eye contact with someone whose name you cannot remember. Is it getting better, or worse? If you are like me, when you hear stories of people … Continue reading ‘Moonwalking with Einstein’, by Joshua Foer

Jerry Maguire [the movie] (1996)

By definition, and depending upon who you’re talking to, `Success’ can be measured in a number of different ways. It’s winning the competition, celebrating a Golden Wedding Anniversary or, to many, just making the most money. The first two are absolutes; you win and you make it to number 50. No grey areas. If you’re … Continue reading Jerry Maguire [the movie] (1996)

The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, by Dan Ariely

How we lie to everyone – especially ourselves. ‘Behavioural economics’ is basically the study of how humans really act, as opposed to how we think we act, or think we should act. Most of Western philosophy and social science (including law) is based on the notion that we are ‘rational’ people, who behave in a … Continue reading The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, by Dan Ariely