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 to Handle a Behavioral Job Interview

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I’ve interviewed thousands of job candidates as a Business Psychologist and Human Resource consultant.  In this article, I’m going to share some advice about how to prepare for and respond to behavioral job interview questions. What is a Behavioral Interview? Behavioral interviewing is also known as situational interviewing or the “STAR” method (Situation, Task, Activity, […]

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How to Recognize Weaponized Feedback

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Constructive feedback is helpful to the person it’s given to.  It can be positive feedback (e.g., “You’re doing a great job”) or negative feedback (e.g., “Here’s how you can do a better job…”). In contrast, weaponized feedback is harmful to the person it’s given to, and it can be used to exploit them.  Worse, weaponized […]

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