Thanks to Dave Stone for blogging about Déformation professionnelle – the expression that brilliantly describes:
a tendency to look at things from the point of view of one’s own profession and forget a broader perspective. It is a pun on the expression “formation professionnelle,” meaning “professional training.” The implication is that all (or most) professional training results to some extent in a distortion of the way the professional views the world.
I’m very conscious of this effect, so I seek out conflicting points of view and the opinions of people from other industries.
I love this quote from Wikipedia’s déformation professionnelle article:
When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.