Nuggets From Read to Lead Podcast – How to Outsmart Your Instincts and Drive Your Company Forward

Read to Lead Podcast – Episode #160 on February 21, 2017

How to Outsmart Your Instincts and Drive Your Company Forward

Life Pillar: Career & Business, Personal Development

From Read to Lead’s show notes:

We are all descendants of risk-averse ancestors. That, according to my guest this week, Adam Hansen, and his co-authors Edward Harrington and Beth Storz.

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Book discussed on the podcast, Outsmart Your Instincts: How the Behavioral Innovation Approach Drives Your Company Forward by Adam Hansen

Look out for orange highlighted nuggets. They are the gold and are usually actionable

Nuggets from this podcast
8:20 – Our bodies and minds are still adapted for the needs of millennia ago

9:30 – Negative bias – we are descendants of risk averse ancestors
12:50 – Forness Response – We tend to lean towards the negative with new ideas
14:50 – Even an absurd idea can be a source of great ideas. Focus on what you are for, and then focus on what you wish for
20:30 – Availability bias – when confronted with a decision we will lean towards what we can quickly summon in our memory whether it is helpful or not (previous experience)
27:10 – Confirmation bias – Once we have made a decision we will non-consciously privilege any information that confirms the decision. Being aware of this helps us manage it
30:10 – “Framing” – being aware of how things are being presented to us. A shift in perspective leads to elegance in thought
30:50 – We all have these biases, with some awareness and a framework you can overcome this
33:00 – Book mentions 1) If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland 2) Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age by Edward D. Hess

Editors comment: 
Good coverage of how our cognitive biases affect our decision making

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