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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