The thing about time is that it is a great concealer. As we move away from any incident our brains are rapidly working overtime to make us the rational and courageous heroes of that piece.
Let’s think about what that looks like in the workplace.
Do you remember that incredibly heated meeting you had, the one where you kept your calm, but that guy you don’t like was shouting? It didn’t happen that way, it really may not have http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24286258
Do you remember that time you had to decide between rival tenders – one from a company that you had gone out for drinks with (they just bought the drinks, no biggy) and one you hadn’t seen before? You probably didn’t choose as fairly as you think you did http://www.livescience.com/23902-brains-unconscious-bias-decisions.html
Do you remember all that great work your new hire did this year (you just clicked at interview, great gut instinct) and all the examples of ‘old thinking’ you saw from others? Not as clear cut as you might think. http://www.spring.org.uk/2007/10/halo-effect-when-your-own-mind-is.php
You don’t think the way that think you do. Which means that you are always a little bit further away from reality than you think you are.
What does that mean? Shouldn’t you just stop contributing – after all you may be relying on false memories or ignoring a bias.
No. Don’t stop. Everyone else is too.
Continue with confidence, it’s the only way anyone ever makes a difference. Just continue with humility and an understanding that you are fallible. Ask others for their view of the world and give it credence.
Understanding that you aren’t as right as you thought you were will help you be right more often. That is as right as you may get.