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Just In! We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong. -Bono

October 21st, 2021


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Bono highlights a major challenge for leaders: how to avoid the immense pressure to seek yes or no answers.












So what?            

Today’s tumultuous business environment requires that you avoid “yes” or “no” paths to decision making.   Binary choices create a phenomenon that Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman calls, What You See Is All There Is (WYSIATI). Kahneman posits that we are hard-wired to make a choice based on the information we have, which can lead to disastrous results. An example of WYSIATI is the exit of military troops from Afghanistan.  Should the US troops exit?  “YES” had been the response for quite some time.  It was a binary choice that had unintended consequences.

What to do?       

Avoid binary answers and instead generate discussions around these three questions:  What information would help guide this decision? How did we get here? What future implication must we consider? Making decisions quickly is good, but making the right decisions is even better. No one wants to look back on a crucial decision and think, how could we have let that happen?

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