The Problem of Ego


Here is something we know... but fail to act upon consistently.  Collective intelligence outperforms the brightest individual in everything. We is always smarter than me. But, the ego constantly believes the opposite. Our NATURAL TENDENCY is to think "I" know better than others.
 
We see ourselves through rose colored glasses. We see others through darker lens. In one survey of 1800 people, they were asked about their confidence levels in making good decisions. 83% of people rated themselves as very confident or confident.
 
But, when asked to rate confidence in the ability of those with whom you work to make good decisions - it dropped to 27%!  The question is simple:
 
Are we really that smart and are others really that "un-smart?" 
 
But this is ego-bias and it keeps us from benefitting from the superior performance of WE and settling for the inferior performance of ME.
 
Thanks to the great book, Egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability) for these insights.
 
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org