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Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions

In episode 63 I speak with Dr. Gary Klein, founder of the Naturalist Decision Making movement. Gary discusses how we really make decisions and why the traditional, rational decision-making process that is taught in school is ineffective. Real decision-making is done on a subconscious level and is called naturalistic decision making. In this week’s show we discuss why experts make rapid decisions and how patterns play a role in the decision-making process. Struggling to make decisions while cutting Fresh Tracks? How to make and trust your decisions when you are doing something new as well as being open to see what you can be achieving instead of what you are not is covered.

Dr. Klein also discusses the role mindsets play in making decisions and gives examples on how we can change our mindsets systematically. There are, in fact, two types of mindsets; fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Which one you favor most effects your ability to cut Fresh Tracks. Struggling to make a decision? Gary shares that presenting things in a nontraditional manner or seeing the world through a different lens may allow you to see your problems in a new light and make the decision-making process easier.

Show Notes:

2:00 –Understanding how we don’t make decisions is key to understanding how we do
6:00 – How experts make decisions and how to learn from it
9:10—Why you should listen to your intuition but don’t trust it when doing something new
11:50 – How our mindsets affect our ability to make decisions and change.
16:00 – The danger of holding on to your initial goal rather than looking at what can work
20:42 – Recognizing when to change the plan vs change the goal
23:00 – The art of being stupid
27:00 – How to change your mindset systematically

About Gary Klein

Gary Klein, Ph.D., is known for (a) the cognitive models he described, such as the Recognition-Primed Decision (RPD) model, the Data/Frame model of sensemaking, the Management By Discovery model of planning in complex settings, and the Triple Path model of insight, (b) the methods he developed, including techniques for Cognitive Task Analysis, the PreMortem method of risk assessment, and the ShadowBox training approach, and (c) the movement he helped to found in 1989 — Naturalistic Decision Making.

The company he started in 1978, Klein Associates, grew to 37 employees by the time he sold it in 2005.  He formed his new company, ShadowBox LLC, in 2014. The five books he has written, including Sources of Power: How people make decisions, and Seeing What Others Don’t: The remarkable ways we gain insights, have been translated into 12 languages and have collectively sold more than 100,000 copies.

www.shadowboxtraining.com

 

Letting go of Indecision with the Decision Catalyst

In episode 62 I speak with Linda Henman, The Decision Catalyst and founder of Henman Performance Group on how to make smart decisions. Linda shares some common reasons why we struggle when making decisions (particularly the big ones!), and provides insight into what we can do to make the decision-making process easier. Linda also provides solid advice on how each of us can learn to make strong decisions over and over again. In this week’s show you’ll discover specific action steps you can do on your own to become a more confident decision-maker!

Are some of us naturally better at making decisions than others? How would your life change if each time you made a decision you didn’t look back? Linda explores this topic and more as we learn about ourselves and how we make decisions. Do you make decisions from your rational self or your emotional self? Which is better and why? In this week’s show we look at this as well as discuss the role experience and judgement play in decision making.

Show Notes:
3:45 – The REAL reason we don’t make good decisions and how to let go of it for good
7:35 – Tips for recognizing why you are avoiding making a decision
10:45 – The power in making a decision and not looking back
13:40 – How to reduce fear when making a decision
16:00 – Is it important to take the emotion out of the decision making?
19:00 – Why it’s important to recognize when you’ve made good decisions
23:30 – Is a tough baby a sign of future good decision maker?
30:00 – The role self-awareness plays in decision making

About Linda Henman
Dr. Linda Henman works with Fortune 500 Companies and small businesses that want to think strategically, grow dramatically, promote intelligently, and compete successfully today and tomorrow. Some of her clients include Emerson Electric, Boeing, Avon and Tyson Foods.

Linda holds a Ph.D. in organizational systems and two Master of Arts degrees in interpersonal communication and organization development and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication. Whether coaching executives or members of the board, Linda offers clients coaching and consulting solutions that are pragmatic in their approach and sound in their foundation—all designed to create exceptional organizations.

She is the author of Challenge the Ordinary, Landing in the Executive Chair, and The Magnetic Boss among other works.

www.henmanperformancegroup.com