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The 7 tips for getting off the Procrustes bed

2021 August 31 | by Arduino Mancini Effective thinking - Heuristics and biases

Who is Procrustes? And for what reason should you (quickly…) get off of his bed? Procrustes is a character recorded in Greek mythology as living on Mount Corydalle, along the sacred road linking Eleusis and Athens, who offered hospitality to pilgrims: a generous dinner was followed by a rest on a bed that he wished […]

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Do you know why a not so competent person is often arrogant?

2021 June 29 | by Arduino Mancini Heuristics and biases - Training and development

I often came across not so prepared people who combine lack of competence with a good deal of overconfidence. One day I asked myself: What prompts an incompetent person to adopt an attitude that edges on arrogance? Is there a connection between ignorance and overconfidence? These questions remained unanswered until I learned about the Dunning-Kruger […]

A foolproof method for achieving success through mistakes

The 7 steps to make systematic errors

Situations like the one in the cartoon are quite common, especially in organizations where the culture of blame has deep roots. Situations that make us ask a few questions: Why are we so afraid of error? Can make mistakes, in certain circumstances, have advantages? How can we transform error into a learning opportunity? In this […]

Yes! Because if you smile, you can't be a leader...

Want to make a career? Stop smiling!

2021 May 11 | by Arduino Mancini Diversity - Heuristics and biases - Leadership

No, if you are a woman you can’t be a leader! You don’t believe that? This article will change your mind. Researchers at the Technische Universitaet in Munich conducted a study (started in January 2011 and concluded in 2014) entitled “Selection and Assessment of Leaders in Business and Academia“, aimed at examining how leaders in […]

The story of Abbie Conant, first trombonist, and a Conductor trapped by prejudice

When prejudice becomes blindness

2021 April 28 | by Arduino Mancini Heuristics and biases - Stories

In 1980, musician Abbie Conant was at the beginning of her career, playing the trombone at the Teatro Regio in Turin. At that time she decided to apply to other orchestras, 11 to be precise, all over Europe; she received only one response, from the Munich Philharmonic. “Dear Mr Abbie Conant”, began the letter. In […]