‘Resisting the bias against doing new things’



Misoneism is: the fear of the new

Reading up on this subject for S P A C E.

Misoneism. Bias against doing new things, also.

Quoted in the Harvard Business Review article I found today while researching ‘learning how to learn,’ was the following:

In the words of Arie de Geus, a business theorist, “The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”

‘I’m not talking about relaxed armchair or even structured classroom learning. I’m talking about resisting the bias against doing new things, scanning the horizon for growth opportunities, and pushing yourself to acquire radically different capabilities—while still performing your job.

‘That requires a willingness to experiment and become a novice again and again: an extremely discomforting notion for most of us.;

Author Erika Andersen continues:

‘We’ve identified four attributes they have in spades: aspiration, self-awareness, curiosity, and vulnerability.

‘They truly want to understand and master new skills; they see themselves very clearly; they constantly think of and ask good questions; and they tolerate their own mistakes as they move up the learning curve.’

Read the full story here: https://hbr.org/2016/03/learning-to-learn