Cognitive Bias And Why Performance Management is So Hard


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Random Phrases of the day and how days pan out.


  1. You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
    Meaning: Don’t judge someone or something only by the outward appearance. They can be fooling. How long we allow ourselves to be fooled is up to us REALLY  
  2. A Fool and His Money are Soon Parted
    Meaning: 
    It’s easy for a fool to lose his/her money. Hmmm…
  3. Mountain Out of a Molehill
    Meaning: One who escalates small things and turns them into big problems. Quite true. We meet complaining, whining people who avoid ownership, responsibility taking and attribute failures others rather than owning up mistakes. 
  4. Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed
    Meaning: Someone who isn’t witty or sharp, but rather, they are ignorant, unintelligent, or senseless. Some people are so phony intellectuals who parrotise, write dictated mails by others, and when confronted just run away.

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?


Dealing with perceptions

in my mind’s eyes

hoping against hope

my presuppositions

my cognitive bias

my hyper criticism brutally

and honestly delivered

Reacted fiercely

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

Interpreted differently

Forgetting all the time

There could be another way

May be it means something else

Meanings, judgements passed

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

Forgetting our Being Human!

The tendencies to err

To become ruthless

Behave unnaturally with vengeance

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

In the meaningless repetitive

Arguments to prove us Right

Leaving sanity, wisdom

Ignoring subtle visible facts

Getting self centred

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

To prove I’m always right

No remorse, no feelings and

Emotions towards others

No empathy no sympathy

Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

Being mean before we know it

Mean machines we become

And wonder

Mean machine or

Meaning making Machine –

who am I ?

Is that me?

Who have I become

A Moron, a sadist

A masochist

Or just Mean machine or Meaning making Machine – who am I ?

(Writing poetry after many years! It needs a deep provocation, a shining up a mentors huge stick! And it just flowed)

Cognitive Bias, Logical thinking, NLP !


One of the first lessons we learn in NLP – NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING is about what is termed as Cognitive Bias.

cognitive bias is a mistake in reasoning, evaluating, remembering, 
or other cognitive process, often occurring as a result of holding 
onto one's preferences and beliefs regardless of contrary information.Psychologists 
study cognitive biases as they relate to memory, reasoning, 
and decision-making.

Cognitive biases are mentioned by NLP practitioners, trainers as flaws in logical thinking that are considered responsible for bad decisions, and they say that learning about these can reduce errors in the thought process, leading to a more successful life.

Cognitive Bias vs. Logical Fallacy. … A logical fallacy stems from an error in a logical argument, while a cognitive bias is rooted in thought processing errors often arising from problems with memory, attention, attribution, and other mental mistakes.

These biases are very closely said to be related to logical fallacies, which may help win an argument or present information better.

They classify Biases at Cognitive Level as  –Some have defined 12 and others 25.:

1)Anchoring Bias

2)Availability Heuristic bias

3)Bandwagon Bias

4)Choice Supportive Bias

5)Confirmation Bias

6)Ostrich Bias

7)Outcome Bias

8)Overconfidence

9)Placebo bias

10)Survivorship Bias

11)Selective Perception Bias

12)Blind Spot Bias

Charlie’s Reason for Interest in Psychology

    • Bias 1: Reward and Punishment Superresponse Tendency
    • Bias 2: Liking/Loving Tendency
    • Bias 3: Disliking/Hating Tendency
    • Bias 4: Doubt-Avoidance Tendency
    • Bias 5: Inconsistency-Avoidance Tendency
    • Bias 6: Curiosity Tendency
    • Bias 7: Kantian Fairness Tendency
    • Bias 8: Envy/Jealousy Tendency
    • Bias 9: Reciprocation Tendency
    • Bias 10: Influence-from-Mere-Association Tendency
    • Bias 11: Simple, Pain-Avoiding Psychological Denial
    • Bias 12: Excessive Self-Regard Tendency
    • Bias 13: Overoptimism Tendency
    • Bias 14: Deprival-Superreaction Tendency
    • Bias 15: Social-Proof Tendency
    • Bias 16: Contrast-Misreaction Tendency
    • Bias 17: Stress-Influence Tendency
    • Bias 18: Availability-Misweighing Tendency
    • Bias 19: Use-It-or-Lose-It Tendency
    • Bias 20: Drug-Misinfluence Tendency
    • Bias 21: Senescence-Misinfluence Tendency
    • Bias 22: Authority-Misinfluence Tendency
    • Bias 23: Twaddle Tendency
    • Bias 24: Reason-Respective Tendency
    • Bias 25: Lollapalooza Tendency

Forgive the past, It is Over! Great quote below:


Today’s Inspirational Quote:“Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing.”

— Brian Weiss

Great message indeed. I am an advocate of NOT CLINGING TO PAST BAGGAGE or BAGASSE’.  I believe in throwing it will all our might in the sky from where it does never return.

I also believe in Forgive ….. no not forget… I still have some past memories that I can not forget but they remain with me as learnings and I quote them transparently as my failures, my learnings, and experience to my mentees (masking names or any reference which will reveal People’s identities. I believe in Top Secret Confidentiality while dealing with mentees or people who come for coaching/ consulting.  It is very important to maintain this as it keeps the TRUST sustainable and trust for me is Binary – Trust or No Trust.  I do not attach Degrees, or percentages to Trust. That’s my nature.

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