12 Mental Skills to Defeat Cognitive Biases (Video and Podcast)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | August 4, 2020 |
Cognitive Biases

In order to avoid decision disasters and defeat cognitive biases, it’s important to develop the 12 critical skills that cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics show are needed for mental fitness.

8 Steps to Protect Your Career During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | July 28, 2020 |
Your Career

Changing jobs or industries during this pandemic is not only possible, but might be critically important for achieving your career potential. Use the best decision-making steps so that you and your career can thrive, not just survive. 

10 Steps for Strategic Planning to Defend Your Future (Videocast and Podcast)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | July 21, 2020 |
Strategic Planning

Effective strategic planning involves: 1) Identifying potential threats and opportunities; 2) Planning how to deal with them; 3) Reserving sufficient resources to address threats and opportunities; 4) Making your plans resilient and flexible.

8 Steps to Prevent Failure in Implementing Decisions (Videocast and Podcast)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | July 14, 2020 |
Implementing Decisions

To prevent failure in implementing decisions, or in managing projects or processes, imagine that the implementation completely failed. Then, brainstorm all plausible reasons for failure, and generate solutions to these potential problems. Integrate these solutions into your project or process.

How Your Household Can Survive and Thrive During This Pandemic

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | July 7, 2020 |
survive and thrive

You can survive and thrive in the new abnormal of the pandemic by identifying and addressing fundamental needs of your household: safety, connection, and self-esteem.

The Trap of Getting Back to Normal in the Pandemic

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | June 30, 2020 |
getting back to normal

Your company can survive and thrive in the new abnormal of the pandemic by protecting against mental blindspots such as the normalcy bias.

What Is Unconscious Bias (And How You Can Defeat It)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | June 23, 2020 |
unconscious bias

To address unconscious bias requires understanding what it is and where and how you might fall into it. Just as importantly, it requires developing a series of healthy mental habits that prevent you from falling for unconscious bias

The Deadly Threat of COVID-19 Misinformation in Mainstream Media

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | June 16, 2020 |
COVID-19 Misinformation

Misinformation kills. Failing to vet thoroughly the quality of information from your favorite news source can lead you and those you care about to suffer health disasters, whether regarding COVID-19 or other health risks.

New Survey Gives Insight On Your Shopping Choices

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | June 9, 2020 |
Shopping Choices

When it comes to shopping, we overestimate our abilities to keep our impulses in check. You can avoid poor shopping choices by developing a host of shopping mental skills. 

Your Friends Influence Your Shopping Decisions More Than You Think

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | June 5, 2020 |
shopping decisions

The people close to you influence your spending choices more than you think. To make wiser shopping decisions, be aware of how your choices are influenced and commit to only purchasing things for their practical value. 

Why Do More Buying Choices Cause Unhappiness?

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | May 26, 2020 |
Buying Choices

More buying choices lead to less happiness. To make better shopping decisions, satisfice and limit your options. Look for products that are good enough.

Build Strong Stakeholder Relationships Through These Three Social Intelligence Methods

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | May 21, 2020 |
Social Intelligence

Form lasting connections to stakeholders and help them feel understood by using the three social intelligence methods of empathetic listening, echoing and mirroring, and building rapport.

The Dangers of Mental Health Challenges for Startup Founders

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | May 19, 2020 |
mental health challenges

Startup founders can defeat mental health challenges and avoid burnout by paying attention to their mental health, seeking help, and standing up to pressure from major investors and Board members

Why Your Negotiations Are Doomed (And How to Rescue Them) (Videocast and Podcast of the “Wise Decision Maker Show”)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | May 12, 2020 |
negotiations are doomed

We intuitively overestimate how well others read us and how well we read others, a dangerous judgment error called illusion of transparency. This mental blindspot leads to disastrous results in negotiations and communications.

Are You Falling for the Myth of “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”? (Videocast and Podcast of the “Wise Decision Maker Show”)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | May 5, 2020 |
Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Because we usually feel that everything is going to go according to plan, we don’t pay nearly enough attention to potential problems and fail to account for them in our plans. This problem is called planning fallacy.

The Secret of Getting Optimistic and Pessimistic Employees to Collaborate Effectively

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | April 21, 2020 |
optimistic and pessimistic

Maximize the value that pessimists and optimists bring to your enterprise by helping them work together well. Optimists should generate half-baked ideas and give them to the pessimists, who would select the most viable notions and finish baking them into full-fledged plans.

How to Prevent Failure in Working From Home to Address the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | April 13, 2020 |
working from home

To prevent disasters in transitioning to working from home, imagine that your transition completely failed. Then, brainstorm all plausible reasons for failure, and generate solutions to these potential problems. Do the same to maximize success.

3 Key Empathy-Based Methods to Uncover the Truth About Your Stakeholders

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | April 7, 2020 |
empathy

Using the three social intelligence methods during a stakeholder meeting will help you learn the truth about your stakeholders’ needs, which will empower you to solve their problems and foster stronger relationships with them.

Saving Your Relationships From the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | March 24, 2020 |
coronavirus

Your relationships will be undermined or even destroyed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, unless you take proactive steps right now to save them by treating our current conditions as the new normal.

8 Powerful Questions You Need to Ask Before Stakeholder Engagement

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | March 18, 2020 |
stakeholder engagement

Asking the 8 Powerful Questions during a pre-engagement stakeholder assessment will lead to better engagement and stronger relationships with your stakeholders.

The One Huge Mistake Everybody Makes in COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Preparation

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | March 7, 2020 |
pandemic preparation

Official guidelines for COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic preparation assume a wildly optimistic scenario due to dangerous judgment errors known as cognitive biases. You need to instead prepare for a realistic pessimistic scenario.

Why You Should Hire Women Over Men, According to Science

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | February 26, 2020 |
hire women

If you care about your bottom line, hire women over men. Due to gender discrimination, women had to work harder to get the same career position as men, and you will on average get a better worker if you hire a woman.

This Valentine’s Day, Men and Women Should Make Different Buying Decisions

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | February 13, 2020 |
Valentine's Day

When it comes to shopping, men tend to take more risks, while women prefer to take their time to get the best possible deal. Both genders are prone to mistakes. However, you can train your mind to make the wisest shopping decisions this Valentine’s Day.

How to Avoid Losing

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | January 30, 2020 |
Loss Aversion

Our feelings drive us to avoid short-term losses, which often results in us failing to take worthwhile risks and actually losing more in the long term. This problem comes from a dangerous judgment error called loss aversion.

How Normalcy Bias Led Boeing to Crash Into Disaster

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | January 21, 2020 |
normalcy bias

Our brains cause us to drastically underestimate both the likelihood of a disaster occurring and the impact if it does. To address this dangerous judgment error known as the normalcy bias, we need to go far beyond our intuitions in planning for catastrophes.

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