Are You Falling for the Myth of “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”?

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | October 27, 2019 |
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 stems from a dangerous judgment error called planning fallacy. 

8 Key Steps to Effective Leadership Decision Making to Avoid Disasters (Videocast and Podcast of the “Wise Decision Maker Show”)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | October 8, 2019 |
Leadership Decision Making

Avoiding Disastrous Decisions involves:

1) Deciding the decision criteria
2) Weighing importance of criteria
3) Grading your options using the criteria
4) Checking with your head and gut
5) Sticking to your choice

5 Key Questions for Everyday Decisions (Videocast and Podcast of the “Wise Decision Maker Show”)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | September 28, 2019 |
Everyday Decisions

How can you make everyday decisions quickly? Answer 5 key questions: 1) What 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? This episode of the “Wise Decision Maker Show” provides a videocast and podcast about these 5 key questions that you can use to ensure you make the best everyday decisions, in business and in life.

8 Key Leadership Decision-Making Process Steps to Making the Best Decisions (Videocast and Podcast of the “Wise Decision Maker Show”)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | September 24, 2019 |

In order to make the best decisions, follow these decision-making process steps: 
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

How Associations Can Improve New Member Retention

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | September 5, 2019 |
Member Retention

To improve new member retention, associations need to avoid dangerous judgment errors. An example is the overconfidence bias, which causes association leaders to be excessively confident about what new members want.

Never Go With Your Gut: Video and Audio Book Trailer (Avoid Poor Decisions)

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | September 5, 2019 |
poor decisions

Get a free book sample at DisasterAvoidanceExperts.com/NeverGut. You can also get the book on links from that same website, or at a bookstore near you. I want you to take advantage of the strategies in this book to maximize your success and leave business disasters to your competition. 

Surprising New Survey Shows Most Customers “Trust Their Gut” When Making Purchasing Decisions

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | August 30, 2019 |
purchasing decisions

Consumers mostly make their shopping choices with their gut. As a result, they make many poor decisions. One of these decisions is to rely increasingly on online user reviews compared to recommendations from friends, even though user reviews are often misleading.

Decision Congruence for Making Better Decisions

By Mark Faust | August 23, 2019 |
decision congruers

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 |
cognitive biase

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 |
Figure looking out of airplane window representing strategic planning effectiveness

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 |
Cognitive bias

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 |
decision making

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 |
decision-making, decision making

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 |
Leadership team engaged in critically important decision making

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 |
Someone yelling at someone else due to failure in implementing decisions, and in managing projects and processes

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 |
640px-Starbucks_Coffee_Mannheim_August_2012

  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 |
Collaborative Truth-Seeking

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 |
fotolia_75539619_subscription_monthly_m-e1452655347879-300x300

  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 |
Four-Common-Mistakes-to-Avoid

  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 |
gleb-apple-e1458313748255-300x300

  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 |
fotolia_99930278_subscription_monthly_m-e1475721989662-300x300

  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…

Avoid Decision Disasters

Protect yourself from decision disasters by getting our free Wise Decision Maker Course, which includes 8 weekly video-based modules. As a bonus, you'll receive a free copy of our Assessment on Dangerous Judgment Errors in the Workplace when you sign up.