Trial & Error vs God Complex

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Trial & Error vs God Complex

The efforts of Dr. Archie Cochrane, in finding treatment for the prisoners by isolating vitamin D or identifying home as the suitable place for treatment of heart patients, are good examples of success of trial & error method. Incidentally, almost all the inventions and discoveries have come either through trial & errors or out of serendipity. The God Complex, as it turns out from Tim Harford’s video, is a belief of the role-holder that he or she fully understands how the system works and only his or her solution to the problem is right.

Such persons feel hurt if their opinions are challenged. But, Dr. Cochrane preferred relying on evidence-based decisions, i.e., finding out the best course of action through trial and error, against the notion that an expert can make the most appropriate decision. Persons with God Complex may tend to believe their intellect to be superior to others’ and this prevents them from learning anything new. The oft-repeated ‘the boss is never wrong’ approach misses out on reaping the benefits from the ideas of team members.

The God Complex may lead to the following in a Team-work scenario: * Low Team-morale because of a leader who not only refuses to admit that he or she is making mistakes, but lashes out at those individuals who dare to disagree. * The leader/member with God Complex may believe in his or her infallibility and the project can get misdirected. * The leader may not delegate task-responsibility to others under a mistaken belief that he or she can do the job better than everyone else, and end-up holding inappropriate role.


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