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Tuesday, August 7 • 15:45 - 17:00
Ask Me Almost Anything - Linda Rising (Linda Rising)

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I love the Stalwarts sessions because it's as much about the participants as the "presenters." I love to share the latest bit of cool information with my attendees, so here goes.
Some recent research by Tom Gilovich and Shai Davidai, both working in psychology at Cornell University, has shown how we react to the events in our lives. How we treat the things that have helped us (tailwinds) and the things that have hindered us (headwinds) and what the result of this reaction is in our lives. They recently published a paper called “The Headwinds/ Tailwinds Asymmetry” with lots of information about their research. Those of us who are bike riders or runners know what it's like to ride or run into the wind. We struggle. We work harder. We sometimes curse Mother Nature. Then when the wind is at our backs, we are, at least for the moment, happier and ride or run faster. We feel stronger and rejoice. We have all felt these forces whether we bike or run because life hands us these two kinds of challenges and boosts all the time. The research is interesting because it shows that we tend to believe that others don't have to work as hard as we do. We even believe this about our own siblings--Mother always liked you best--Father gave you more privileges, while I got more punishment. And, then, the real surprise, from this research. When we believe that life has given us more than our fair share of headwinds, we adjust our view of right and wrong to try to make up for it. That's right--our ethics can be determined by our distorted view of what life has handed us. It's a little scary but, as I have said, it's fascinating. That's us in a nutshell--scary, but fascinating.
I'd like to encourage the participants in this session to look at the challenges with a sense of gratitude. Yes, this is old advice, but then I'm going to be 76 soon :-)! All the research that touches on this topic suggests that we do better in so many ways when we "count our blessings." We'll practice and, hopefully, have everyone leave smiling instead of whining :-)! OK, that's probably too much.
I've spent over 20 years learning about agile practices, and I'm not done yet. Please come help me get even better. Thanks.

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Linda Rising

Computer Software Consultant and Professional, Linda Rising LLC
Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She has written and contributed to many books and numerous articles, with her latest book published last year – More Fearless Change co-authored with Mary Lynn Manns.Linda is an internationally known presenter... Read More →

Tuesday August 7, 2018 15:45 - 17:00 PDT
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