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PDX Lunch & Learn: Rebooting your Personal Operating System for the New Year

January 8, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


In the computing world, “code debt” (and the related concept of technical debt) refers to a buildup of old programs, patches and “work-arounds” that may get us through our day-to-day work, but are no longer efficient or effective. Eventually we spend more time patching the old system than building the new, more effective one that we know we need.

On a personal level, most of us also harbor older “psychological programs” that are outdated, or even frankly dysfunctional. We must contend with “legacy” attitudes or behaviors that may have helped us to survive in past situations, but get in the way of our full and healthy functioning in the present day – a psychological code debt. Even healthy thought patterns from the past can become ineffectual when we move into a new phase of life or a new role or position. And of course, teams and organizations also exhibit collective “psychological operating systems” and can be impacted by “code debt.”

Join Technology Association of Oregon and Dr. Thomas Doherty of Sustainable Self for a Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, January 8th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Stoel Rives as we assess if our psychological software is up-to-date and we are acting as our most mature and highly functioning self.

Dr. Thomas Doherty will share insights he has developed through working with professionals in the tech sector, including computing analogies to help workers get a handle on their thought processes and better understand why they act the way they do, especially in personal and professional relationships. He will discuss ways to think of our mind or psyche as having an overarching “operating system” with cognitive “programs” that guide how we think about ourselves, assess threats and opportunities, and perform in various settings. He will also share techniques to overcome psychological “code debt” – outmoded belief systems about your identity or ability that may have made sense years ago but hold you back now.

Attendees will learn how to recognize old systems and programs—earlier ways of being and relating—and understand how they might still influence behaviors. The concepts of psychological operating systems and code debt provide a framework for technology professionals and teams to improve their performance by identifying outmoded assumptions and behavior patterns and rediscovering their core strengths and values.


January 8, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Stoel Rives
760 SW Ninth Ave. Suite 3000
Portland, Oregon 97205
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