Random finds (2016, week 7) — On decision-making, certainty and business books

Two mindsets for decision-making

  • Pre-decision: our thoughts are oriented toward evaluating options and choosing a path based on feasibility and desirability. We tend to weigh information relatively objectively and are open to new facts about the choices before us.
  • Post-decision: deliberation is often set aside and we focus intently on the specifics of execution. New information is ignored or skewed, we may see our current course of action in a more favorable light, and we downplay the attendant risks.

A healthy dose of doubt can be an asset

A framework that fights consensus

  • Don’t use consensus. Agreement does not equate ownership.
  • Clarify the ‘why’. It’s essential to understand the purpose and context for making the decision to optimize for it.
  • Ensure that the decision maker is both responsible and accountable for the final choice. Don’t be that company where decisions are handed off to be implemented without previous involvement.
  • Consult maximally. More people want to be involved than you think do.
  • Get feedback privately, but document and get support publicly.

On business books and aspiring management gurus

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