Our brain fails us when we try to learn multiple things at the same time. Doing so, may lead to exactly the contrary of our initial purpose and learning few things only. In fact, our brain categorizes the information we receive and adapt accordingly. Our biggest mistake lies when we consider information that are based on what the society thinks or imposes, rather than information that we know is true for a fact.
In the following, you can find some mistakes that leaders commit in the decision-making process:
- Multiple expert information: most of the people validate their information when it is based on expert’s opinion, not bearing in mind that these information too could be wrong and not entirely true. Our brain will somehow freeze when we seek information from multiple resources rather than focusing on one single resource of reliable information.
- Blindly trusting people’s information: human beings usually do not estimate correctly the value of other people’s opinion or the information they provide to us. We judge the reliability of the information based on our own subjective perception of the individual providing it. However, this is where we should ask ourselves if the other person really knows better or whether he is a specialist in this specific matter.
- On the other hand, underestimating the value of some information can also lead to mistakes in the decision-making process. In our nature, we have a tendency to decline some information given to us by a “minor-level” individual, which might be of great use to our problem and might constitute the other side of the story. Therefore, keep asking yourself if this opinion is completely wrong or if, on the other hand, it is worth considering.
- In our subconscious, many factors play a significant role to filter the information that come our way. We have some prejudices, prejudgments and our own subjective perception that make us only collect the information that are in our favor and simply ignore the ones that are not.
- We have often been told that following our intuition in decision-making is not a well-informed move. However, our body and brain are interconnected and usually provide us with hints to the correct decision or right step to take. Therefore, learn to listen to that inner voice as well as to what your body is trying to tell you.