➢ Bias and Executive Decisions

images-26What do the financial Crisis of 2007, New York’s inability to recover from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and Japan’s apparent lack of preparedness for the 2011 tsunami have in common? In each case, poor decisions were made because of personal bias, often by large groups of people, which caused inaccurate assessment of situations and facts, with devastating results.

Personal bias comes from experience, and serves us well much of the time, but not always. Some biases are so pervasive, neuroscientists have given them names, and I was surprised at how many influence my day to day decision-making.

David Rock succinctly outlines several that can be most dangerous, and explains how organizations can combat their influence. Thought-provoking!

See his article, “Beyond Bias”, here: