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decision-making

When it comes to decision-making, “perfect” is the enemy of good

Leaders have responsibility for decision-making.  And as regular readers of the blog know, I routinely blog about tools and challenges that come with decision-making.  Today’s blog post illustrates the decision-making trap called “perfect”. There are at least six different routes

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complacency

Are you falling into the complacency trap?

I saw the following words on a poster in my bank manager’s office the other day. Complacency. Just because things are going well now, doesn’t mean that they can’t suddenly go horribly wrong. It was just below a photograph of

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Boiling the ocean will not result in good decisions

As a leader, it is your responsibility to make good decisions.  In your department or organization, you are likely called on repeatedly to evaluate and implement a variety of projects.  And many of these initiatives will probably require investigation and

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A decision-making insight from eating peanuts!

If you’re a leader, then you’re responsible for decision-making.  Which is why it we have a whole section on Problem Solving tools on the blog.  Today’s insight comes from peanuts in the shell – a concession staple at just about

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Watch for the negative impact of self-serving bias in decision-making

The self-serving bias is a concept that has been extensively studied in social psychology.  Essentially, it is people’s tendency to attribute positive events to their own character but attribute negative events to external factors. It’s a common type of cognitive

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Worrying won’t help you solve problems or make decisions

A couple of years ago, I wrote a short series on decision-making here on the blog, and I was reminded of that recently when I read the following quote about worrying: “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you

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