Do you use intel or intuition? The psychology of tough decisions
Let's face it, when forced to make a difficult call, we often just go with our gut. But up against a tight deadline, that approach can blind us to the best decision. Here are some ways good leaders can avoid bad moves.
Notes that your intellect is often overpowered by your tendency to go with your heart or gut: intuition. However, even with great experience and knowledge, overconfidence can distort your thinking, creating illusions that might negatively influence your decision.
Current research provides knowledge about how memories and emotions can influence you, giving useful clues on how to engage your intellect rather than emotion:
- Critically assess what you know. This means that you have to examine what knowledge you possess and what you lack. Knowledge assessment gives you an opportunity to confront your biases before they distort your choices.
- Creatively put yourself into the future, imagining that you made a decision that failed. Brainstorm on paper all the reasons why it didn't succeed. Try this with several options, and you may foresee flaws in your reasoning.
- Evaluate your past experiences that are relevant. What feedback did you receive that is reliable and applicable? Should the results influence your decision, realistically, and if so in what way? Apply what you can from these past experiences, without distorting them.
- Pinpoint the emotions or factors that might influence your decision making. Question all things that might be affecting a rational, unbiased decision. Sometimes factors that lie outside the scope of the current choice may influence you.
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Source is FastCompany.com
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