Maine HR Convention: May 11-15, 2020 – Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME


KEYNOTE | The Cure for Stupidity

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 9:45 am

Using Brain Science to Explain Irrational Behavior at Work

Eric M. Bailey

What’s it all about? Economists tell us that given the opportunity, people will behave rationally. Yet every day the people around us make common sense errors and irrational decisions. Imagine what work – and life – would look like if our time and energy was not spent dealing with stubborn, clueless, argumentative, defensive, or apathetic co-workers. Eric M. Bailey translates decades of brain science research into every-day language, presenting as four foundational principles of human understanding. By applying these principles and understanding the drivers for thinking and decision making, we can change the way the work world communicates, and ultimately improve relationships within the workplace.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Determine the root cause of “stupidity” or irrational behavior in the workplace (It’s not what you think).
  • Learn about the Principles of Human Understanding™ such as the Illusion of Certainty, Perception vs. Reality, and the Truth about Bias.
  • Take away strategies to modify thinking, behavior, and perception to avoid misunderstanding and animosity within professional relationships.

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) credit.

Program Faculty: Eric M. Bailey