Decision Making

The Four Cs of Decision Making

The Four Cs of Decision Making

In a world of abundant data and complex organizational dynamics, many companies and organizations struggle with a proliferation of meetings in which inefficient processes lead to uneven quality in decisions. This is discouraging and annoying for participants and...

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Don’t Be So Sure: The Perils of Certainty

Don’t Be So Sure: The Perils of Certainty

This post first appeared on Forbes.com. I was certain that my flight to Chicago was at 10:30, so I aimed to leave for the airport by 9:00. But at 8:30 when I checked to verify the exact takeoff time, my chest seized up. My flight was leaving in less than an...

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How You Slice It

How You Slice It

What are your priorities? Are you living them? There's a group called NotMyPriorities.org that hands out postcards depicting a pie chart of the United States' budget. The Pentagon's slice is well over half the pie, with each of the other categories (education, health,...

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Tapping Into Your Inner Board of Directors

Tapping Into Your Inner Board of Directors

Have you ever been stuck at a decision point, paralyzed by inner conflict, pulled in multiple directions by different needs, desires, and fears? Instead of trying to choose among these warring factions of yourself, perhaps it is time to get them to work together. Cast...

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Breaking Up (With Your Job) is Hard To Do

Breaking Up (With Your Job) is Hard To Do

I have a client who is completely fed up with her job. She is spread too thin, underpaid, under-resourced, isolated, and dissatisfied. She has tried hard to make the job work better, but it has now become clear that the fundamental problems with this job are not going...

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Where is Your Outrage?

Where is Your Outrage?

  I know I'm late to the party, but I just finished reading Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, a provocative and fun to read economic analysis of many social phenomena that turned many of my assumptions on their heads. I like that. But it also...

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The Not-Knowing

The Not-Knowing

  Do you sometimes feel like all aptitude and no direction? That was me for a long time. I had confidence in my capacity to do something, but could never figure out what that something was. I was surrounded by people who were driven to pursue one path or another...

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