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How to Make Better Decisions and
Avoid Decision Making Traps

(Tips, Techniques, Theories, and Insights)

Articles

Sharpen Your Snap Judgments - Ways to help you filter through first impressions and improve rapid decision making. Sharpen Your Snap Judgments - Ways to help you filter through first impressions and improve rapid decision making.
Better Results From Wrong Decisions. Decision making under conditions of uncertainty. Better Results From Wrong Decisions: Decision making under conditions of uncertainty.
how the mind works in making decisions How the mind works (from deciding to action) and how people avoid making serious decisions.
how bad decision can lead to billion dollar mistakes How Bad Decisions Can Lead to Billion-Dollar Mistakes.
Does Social Media Produce Groupthink Does Social Media Produce Group think?
making better decisions and getting unstuck Making Better Choices & Getting Unstuck.
ethical decisions Various approaches to Ethical Decision Making.
consensus group decisions Consensus Decision Making.
dissent in decisions Encouraging Dissent in Decision Making.
making quick decisions Speed and Tempo. Fearless Decision Making for Startups.
rational decision making Mindless Collectives Better at Rational Decision-Making than Brainy Individuals.
decision making theories and biases Lots of Theories about how we make decisions including cognitive dissonance, confirmation and information bias, sunk cost effect, and bounded rationality.
decision making barriers Barriers In Decision Making.
understanding the hidden traps when making decisions High level overview of 8 types of faulty thinking (traps) and possible antidotes for each.
understanding the hidden traps when making decisions How to avoid the hidden traps of individual and group decision making to improve in your own decisions and effectiveness of your team.
decision making abilities in teenagers Decision-making is Still a Work in Progress for Teenagers.
intuition vs evidence based decision making The Future of Decision Making: Less Intuition, More Evidence.
Naturalistic Decision Making: Understanding How People Make Decisions in Real World Settings. Naturalistic Decision Making: Understanding How People Make Decisions in Real World Settings.
Naturalistic Key Steps That Will Improve Your Decision Making Five (5) Key Steps That Will Improve Your Decision Making. You don't need to be smarter to make smarter decisions (in fact, a lot of smart people make make a lot of stupid decisions).
Characteristics of Arbitrary vs. Calculated Decision-Making. Characteristics of Arbitrary vs. Calculated Decision-Making.
When You Fear Making the When You Fear Making the "Wrong" Decision.
Survivorship Bias - Discusses how when failure becomes invisible, the difference between failure and success may also become invisible. Survivorship Bias - Discusses how when failure becomes invisible, the difference between failure and success may also become invisible. If you spend your life only learning from survivors, buying books about successful people and pouring over the history of companies that shook the planet, your knowledge of the world will be strongly biased and enormously incomplete.
Why do we make bad choices? Why do we make bad choices?
Power and Poor Decision-Making - how power can fuel the overconfidence that causes people in leadership positions to make bad decisions. Power and Poor Decision-Making - how power can fuel the overconfidence that causes people in leadership positions to make bad decisions.

 

Videos

Roch Paryre decision process and decision outcome Roch Paryre, Ph.D. describes the challenge of rewarding decision process instead of decision outcome.
groupthink challenger shuttle example An example of groupthink illustrated in the tv movie 'Challenger' about the Challenger shuttle disaster.
decision framing How Framing Changes your Decisions.
Derren Brown blind obedience to authority Derren Brown's recreation of The Milgram Experiment. Study of blind obedience to authority vs. compassion and conscience.
decisions and choice The Paradox of Choice - Why More Is Less. A Google TechTalks presentation by Barry Schwartz.
stress and the brain How stress affects our brains, from memory to the ability to make decisions.
Dan Ariely discusses irrational decision making. Dan Ariely (author of Predicably Irrational) talks about irrational decision making.
making better decisions through mathematics How to Make Better Decisions in Life. According to mathematician Garth Sundem, it all boils down to getting the equation right.
cognitive depletion effect on decision making Cognitive or ego depletion and its negative impact on making decisions when under stress.
The Asch conformity experiments demonstrating the power of conformity in groups. The Asch Conformity Experiments - a series of studies in the 1950s that demonstrated the power of conformity in groups.

 

Humor

prisoners dilemma dilbert video Dilbert and Prisoner's Dilemma.
oceans calling Ocean's calling.
Rolos candy humor Make careful decisions about your Rolos candies!

 

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