How Emotions interfere with Decision

I hear about bad leadership decisions in the work I do, and have found a book that sheds light on what happens. This one is excellent:

Authors Sydney Finkelstein, Jo Whitehead and Andrew Campbell have studied how smart leaders make catastrophic decisions. In Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep It From Happening to You (Harvard Business School Press, 2008), these experts show how the brain’s thinking processes can distort judgment.

The Brain Science of Decision Making

I’ve been trying to understand what goes on in decision making processes. Why do smart people make seemingly stupid judgments?

Here’s what I’ve discovered from authors Sydney Finkelstein, Jo Whitehead and Andrew Campbell in Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep It From Happening to You (Harvard Business School Press, 2008).

The answers lie within our brains. The brain uses two processes that enable us to cope with complexities:

  • Pattern recognition
  • Emotional tagging

Both help us make excellent decisions most of the time. But in certain conditions, these processes can mislead us, resulting in poor judgments and bad decisions.

The Brain Science of Bad Decisions

decision makingEach day, intelligent leaders make mistakes, with devastating consequences.

Our daily decisions are generally small and innocuous. Others are incredibly important, affecting people’s lives and well-being. I hear about such bad decisions in the work I do, and have found a book that sheds light on what happens.