The One Big Mistake
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Despite what the invitation to that conference or headline to that article might promise, making good decisions is a skill like any other. Sure, you can be taught the fundamentals, even some of the key mistakes that the majority of people make, and why. After reading all the books, taking courses, starting the journals and even employing a coach, there will remain a wide dispersion in the abilities among decision makers. In other words, decision making isn't a binary endeavor, where either you've read the books and are an expert, or you haven't and you're not. There are degrees of expertise and excellence, as there are for all skills...
...Since I began teaching and coaching others to improve their own decision making process, I've discovered a key mistake in the approach of nearly everyone I've ever worked with. It is a flaw that I have yet to read about in a single text book or best seller on the subject. Even after weeks of discussing it with clients and lecturing on it with students, it often remains an issue, and perhaps the greatest hurdle to their improvement. This mistake reduces creativity, leads to square pegs being fitted for round holes and endless cycles of firefighting. Let me be clear, what I am about to describe is not the only mistake commonly on display in human decision making, but because it is the very first step in a proper decision making process, it affects everything that comes after it. From that moment on, no matter how consistent, evidence-based, and proactive our decision making process may be, our choices will very likely be suboptimal.
If you want to improve your decision making, this is where I recommend you begin focusing your effort, but be forewarned, the solution is so deceptively simple, even after I bring it to your attention and emphasize its importance, it is highly unlikely you will change your ways. Sure, you'll give a nod to it and maybe even feign an attempt to satisfy the task, but you'll have difficulty getting your brain to employ the cognitive strain necessary to truly, definitively, and properly attend to it.
What I'm talking about is...