Want to make better decisions? Ask yourself why you keep constantly making bad ones. Ok, it’s not that simple; but this is an example of an approach to short-circuit our habitual ways of thinking. One way we impede ourselves from making better decisions is confirmation bias.
Let me present you with a situation: Your manager is pushing you to take on more responsibilities. He calls you to his office and hands you a memo that lays out a new project which he asks you to lead. You’re dumbfounded and appreciative for the opportunity, wasn’t expecting it. But, you’re also a little scared to take on such an important project. You begin thinking about how this could be an opportunity for your career but also a threat.
Thinking is hard. The main reason is because the brain wants to be efficient, so it develops routines and habits that are hard to break. That’s why sometimes your head hurts when you really put your mind to work; you’re forcing your brain to break it’s routine and be unefficient.
I believe there is an incredible deficit in critical thinking. Those of us who actively think critically are seen as negative from people who just want to be told exactly what they want to hear and never have their thoughts and beliefs challenged.
We live in world in flux, various trends are crashing into each other to create heaps of data that most businesses are only just starting to discover. Forward thinking businesses that are innovation driven have established a capability for capturing and interpreting the data, turning insight into game-changing ideas.
But most businesses are still lagging, big time.…
We’re one week away from 2015, people will make their resolutions and try to keep them for a whole year; which usually doesn’t work out as planned. One resolution, an ongoing effort actually, that we should all aim for on a daily basis is that of making better decisions.
That means thinking better, which will have a cumulative effect in all else we do; including executing on our New Year resolutions.
A question I get asked often is something along the lines of , “How can I improve my ability to make better decisions?” To this, I respond with a counter question, “why do you think you make bad decisions in the first place?”
The reframing of the question, is good example of “what to do” to make better decisions. Thus, an easy way to make better decisions is to ask yourself questions, but that usually comes after you’ve done some grunt work to define a better question beforehand. …