Rat Poison and Mad Libs
Team evaluations require a delay in deduction because we often see what we want to see or what we already believe to be true. Biases are rat poison to a fair and clinical evaluation of a team because they are based on things we believe are good and true but can poison the pursuit of actual truth. The poison of bias clouds the mind from very real but aversive realities. They guide our mind toward desirable answers that fill in the blanks of what we know. The best way to play the mad lib game is to not fill in the blanks with conventional answers. This is true when we evaluate our teams. We must find the perfect words to describe the reality of the team’s situation, not the words we like or expect. Unless of course they turn out to be true.