How Unconscious Bias Subverts Your Judgement
The Secret Life of Decisions exposes the unchallenged myths and distortions that impact our reasoning ability, raising our awareness of the many traps we can fall into.
The authors have drawn from decades of work with leaders showing that even the most talented leaders and teams can end up making sub-optimal decisions. This is rarely because they had poor critical thinking faculties but rather because they did not pay enough attention to the often invisible traps hardwired into our thinking processes, letting through only information that conforms with our current beliefs, mental models and expectations.
This book is an essential read for developing and seasoned executives who have to work through high stakes decisions. It treats choosing wisely and the thinking involved as a skill that can be improved with the guided practice and supporting tools provided here. The journey however starts with awareness that comes from outing the ‘secret’ forces that can sabotage the quality of our decisions.
What others have said about the book
Professor Rob Goffee, Emeritus Professor, Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
Giam Swiegers, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte, Australia
Andy Street, Managing Director of John Lewis, UK; Chairman of the Greater Birmingham Local Enterprise Partnership, UK
Marcel Kreis, Chairman, Credit Suisse Private Banking, Asia Pacific
Jane Hemstritch, Non Executive Board Director Lend Lease, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Santos
Stephen Fitzgerald, Non Executive Board Director, Future Fund, former Chairman Goldman Sachs Australia and New Zealand