Note Your Biases Before Making Decisions For Better Results

Note Your Biases Before Making Decisions for Better Results

One way to overcome your biases is to outsource important decisions . But that's only when you know about the inherent bias. If you want to truly stop partiality and its consequences , then the first step might be to conduct a personal review in meetings.

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The Harvard Business Review (HBR) Blog highlights this approach:

Conduct a data-gathering exercise of your own personal inclinations during your next meeting. Track a few key suggestions and who made them. Look at your tracking notes later on, asking yourself whether you have default feelings about the types of solutions mentioned ("I can't stand new technology") or who made them ("I really like this guy!"). Are these defaults resulting in predictably off-kilter decisions?

While HBR suggests you should turn this into a 60-second drill, there's no reason to rush such introspection. Take your time, note your impulses and really be mindful of all the events happening in the meeting as well as your reactions to them. When you review it later, you might find some inherent biases that surprise you.

60-Second Drills Can Sharpen Your Business Reflexes [Harvard Business Review]


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