Winning may instil a wrong sense of invisibility. I know people who are cocksure things happen to them because they have the skill. Meritocracy is all for them. Yours truly believes in the fact that he did the best he could. The outcome was favourable and he just got lucky. Keep me in check all the time. I focus on the process of how I made the decision, what were the blind spots and if I could have improved the quality of the decision. And the quality of the decision is not based on the outcome! That is the key.
Below are some highlights from the article.
- Luck intervenes by granting people merit, and again by furnishing circumstances in which merit can translate into success. This is not to deny the industry and talent of successful people. However, it does demonstrate that the link between merit and outcome is tenuous and indirect at best.
- By contrast, research on gratitude indicates that remembering the role of luck increases generosity.
- Perhaps more disturbing, simply holding meritocracy as a value seems to promote discriminatory behaviour.
- . . . in companies that explicitly held meritocracy as a core value, managers assigned greater rewards to male employees over female employees with identical performance evaluations. This preference disappeared where meritocracy was not explicitly adopted as a value.
- . . . “paradox of meritocracy” occurs because explicitly adopting meritocracy as a value convinces subjects of their own moral bona fides. Satisfied that they are just, they become less inclined to examine their own behaviour for signs of prejudice.