Why Smart People Make Stupid Decisions

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We’ve all witnessed it: smart people like executives, doctors, and leaders making bad decisions – some of which were catastrophic. The Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 is one tragic example.  Official investigations concluded that, due to pressure to launch on schedule, NASA and other experts overlooked the dangers of launching the space shuttle in […]

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Decision Resilience – Do Your Decision Makers Have It?

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What is decision resilience?  Decision resilience is NOT about leaders showing “the courage of their convictions” or sticking with a decision when faced with challenges – I consider that to be resolve, or in some instances, inflexibility. Rather, decision resilience (as I define it) refers to how resilient a decision-maker’s brain is to misperceiving reality […]

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Is Your Judgement 32% Off?

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Have you ever noticed that looking down from the top of a tall building seems farther than looking up at it from the bottom?  Likewise, looking up at skyscrapers usually isn’t scary, while looking down from the top can evoke panic. In fact, people in experiments conducted by Jackson & Cormack (2007) judged the same […]

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How Social Media Sways Hiring Decisions

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Companies often do internet searches on job candidates, and consider what they find on social media when making hiring decisions.  For example: “The candidate had a great resume and interviewed well, but Human Resources was concerned about his Twitter comments, so we didn’t hire him.” As a Business Psychologist specializing in assessing candidates, I advocate […]

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