Higher EDge

Two quite opposite qualities equally bias our minds –habits and novelty.
– Jean de la Bruyere

Last week as I worked with a group of leaders at one of our colleges, we talked about a useful  5-step framework that can improve critical thinking and support better decision making.  One of the steps is to evaluate information, asking:

  • Do I have the relevant information to make a decision?
  • Is it accurate?
  • Am I evaluating it objectively?
  • Do I have any biases that may color my judgment?

This last question is especially helpful since biases can often creep into our decision-making processes without realizing it. Here is a list of biases that often pop up in decision making:

  • Confirmation bias – People tend to be willing to gather facts that support certain conclusions but disregard other facts that support different conclusions.
  • Premature termination of search for evidence – People      tend to accept the first…

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