Cathy Davidson, author of "Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century," in conversation with Kevin Delaney, Sr. Writer, Connected Futures.
Connected Futures Podcast: Cathy Davidson on Decision Making
Cathy Davidson on the Science of
Cathy Davidson, author of Now You See It: How Technology and Brain
Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century, in
conversation with Kevin Delaney, Sr. Writer, Connected Futures
Primitive fight-or-flight responses
influence business decisions more
than we realize.
In high-stakes situations, the pressure to
perform can silence the smartest ideas—
even those that could literally save a
Physical or emotional stress make
any decision harder.
When making an important decision,
remember we are all human and
vulnerable to a range of pressures.
Make a mental inventory of large stressors in
your life, and then consciously set them aside
when thinking through important decisions.
The primitive fight-or-flight instincts
of our early ancestors still override
Such responses are affected by our
emotional and physical states.
They need to be acknowledged and dealt with
so they don't impact one's ability to make
Do you want to make a good
decision? Or one ruled by the most
extroverted person in the group?
Find ways to know what each
person in the room is thinking
(even the introverts).
Tip #1 for Good Group Decisions
Take 90 seconds for everyone to
jot down their initial ideas or
reactions—before “group think”
takes over—and then work to
refine the best of the lot.
This ensures all ideas are
considered and counters the
natural impulse to follow the most
Tip #2 for Good Group Decisions
At the last moment, as participants
are preparing to leave, ask them to
jot down “one thing that is on your
mind from today’s meeting.”
This exit ticket (or “Columbo
Trick”) can capture an important
insight, identify loose ends, or
suggest where to start the next
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