Decision Congruence for Making Better Decisions

By Mark Faust | August 23, 2019 |
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To make changes, the rewards must be a 2 or more or you might as well consider other potentials. On the negative side if the potential downsides are nearly a 4 or more then you may want to forget about taking such a risk.

12 Mental Skills to Defeat Cognitive Biases

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | August 9, 2019 |
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To avoid decision disasters and defeat cognitive biases, develop the 12 critical skills that cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics show are needed for mental fitness.

10 Steps for Strategic Planning to Defend Your Future

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | August 7, 2019 |
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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.

Your Dangerous Mistakes? Cognitive Bias in Decision Making at Work (Videocast and Podcast of the “Wise Decision Maker Show”)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | August 5, 2019 |
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Want to avoid the dangerous judgment errors that scholars in cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics call cognitive biases in your work? This videocast and podcast will help you defeat all types of cognitive bias!

Wise Decision Maker Movement Manifesto

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | July 26, 2019 |
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The choice that feels most comfortable to your gut is often the worst decision for your bottom line. To be a truly wise decision maker, you have to adopt counterintuitive, uncomfortable, but highly profitable techniques to avoid business disasters by making the best decisions.

How to Make Decisions Quickly

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | July 18, 2019 |

How to make decisions quickly? Answer 5 key questions: 1) What key info do I need? 2) What cognitive biases might harm me? 3) What would a trusted adviser say? 4) How might this fail? 5) Why might I revise this decision?

8-Step Leadership Decision-Making Process for Making the Best Decisions

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | July 9, 2019 |
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8-step decision-making process: 1) Identify need for decision; 2) Get relevant info; 3) Decide goals; 4) Develop criteria; 5) Generate a few viable options; 6) Weigh options; 7) Implement decision; 8) Revise implementation and decision as needed.

8 Key Steps for Effective Leadership Decision Making to Avoid Decision Disasters

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | July 1, 2019 |
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Effective leadership decision making on tough decisions involves: 1) Deciding the criteria you’ll use to chose; 2) Ranking the importance of these criteria; 3) Grading your choices using the criteria; 4) Checking your grading with your head and gut; 5) Sticking to your top choice.

How to Evaluate Unconscious Bias Caused by Cognitive Biases at Work

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | June 27, 2019 |

To address unconscious cognitive biases in your workplace, you need to evaluate thoroughly their impact on your own professional activities, as well as more broadly in your team and organization, and make and implement a plan to address the problem.

8 Key Steps to Prevent Failure in Implementing Decisions or in Managing Projects and Processes

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | June 21, 2019 |
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To prevent failure in implementing decisions, or in managing projects or processes, imagine that it completely failed. Then, brainstorm all plausible reasons for failure, and generate solutions to these potential problems. Integrate these solutions into your project or process.

To maximize project or process success, envision that it succeeded spectacularly. Brainstorm likely reasons for such success, and generate strategies that would lead to such success. Integrate these strategies into your project or process.

3 Steps to an Intentional Life

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | June 4, 2019 |

Are you getting all you want? Are you achieving all of your goals and succeeding in life? Are you living a fully intentional life? If you are, I salute you. I can’t make the same claim. To live a more intentional life, I constantly strive to gain greater agency, the quality of living intentionally. In…

Does the Starbucks Anti-Bias Training Go Against Human Nature?

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | May 30, 2018 |
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  On May 29, over 8,000 Starbucks stores across the US closed their doors for a racial bias training. Starbucks intended this training to serve both as a PR effort to address the outrage over a store manager whose racial bias led to two black customers arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks, and to prevent such…

How To Win Arguments Through Collaborative Truth-Seeking

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | April 3, 2018 |
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We frequently use debates to resolve different opinions about the truth. However, debates are not always the best course for figuring out the truth. In more emotionally charged situations, the technique of collaborative truth-seeking is often better. The Problem with Debates The usual method of hashing out disagreements in order to discover the truth about…

Here’s Why Your Gut Instinct Is Wrong At Work – And How To Know When It Isn’t

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | January 2, 2018 |
Your Gut Instinct Is Wrong At Work

Let’s say you’re interviewing a new applicant for a job and you feel something is off. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you’re a bit uncomfortable with this person. She says all the right things, her resume is great, she’d be a perfect hire for this job – except your gut tells…

What True Leaders Know About Emotional Intelligence

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | December 11, 2017 |
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  True leaders at any level of the totem pole show their leadership primarily through emotional intelligence, knowing and managing their own emotions. After all, the only things we can control in life are our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and if we can manage those, we can lead our organizations from anywhere in the hierarchy.…

The Science of Effective Fundraising: Four Common Mistakes to Avoid

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | November 15, 2017 |
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  Charities that use their funds effectively to make a social impact frequently struggle to fundraise effectively. Indeed, while these charities receive plaudits from those committed to measuring and comparing the impact of donations across sectors, many effective charities have not successfully fundraised large sums outside of donors focused highly on impact.   In many…

7 Tools to Build Your Willpower

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | May 11, 2017 |
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  Struggling to get work done instead of slacking off? Tempted by that second doughnut? Struggling to resist checking your phone? Shopping impulsively on Amazon? What you need is more willpower!   Recent research shows that strengthening willpower is the real secret to the kind of self-control that can help you resist temptations and achieve…

Use Emotional Intelligence To Address Speech Anxiety (Part Two)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | December 8, 2016 |
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  In Part One of Use Emotional Intelligence to Address Speech Anxiety, we outlined how to address fears of public speaking through internal emotional management. In this part, we will focus on external emotional management strategies, namely how to use your body and practice for the big day.   Use Your Body   Regardless of…

Use Emotional Intelligence To Address Speech Anxiety

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | December 3, 2016 |
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What do you feel when you imagine standing up in front of an audience? Visualize the bright lights in your face, see all those people looking at you and expecting you to deliver a top-notch performance. Do butterflies start fluttering about in your stomach? Do your palms start to sweat? Does your head get light?…

Protect Your Relationships By Communicating Effectively

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | November 20, 2016 |
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  In my early twenties, I said goodbye to my family in New York City and moved to Boston for graduate school. While I’d been living in my parents‘ house, I talked to my mother, father, and teenage brother all the time, and felt really good about doing so. After I moved out, I wanted…

Don’t Let Others Control Your Life!

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | November 19, 2016 |
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  Back when I was in high school and through the first couple of years in college, I had a clear career goal.   I planned to become a medical doctor.   Why? Looking back at it, my career goal was a result of the encouragement and expectations from my family and friends.   My…

The Keys to Avoid “Failing at Other Minds”

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | October 20, 2016 |
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Imagine you’re really excited about a new idea for a collaborative project. You send an e-mail about it to a friend who you just know is going to be as excited as you. You’re waiting on pins and needles for a response, checking your inbox every hour. A couple of hours pass, then a couple…

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