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Want To Make Better Decisions? Here’s How To Start



We all make some decisions. Some we celebrate and some we would like to redo. Estimates are that CEOs from established companies make the right decision 57% of the time. However, If you are the leader of a startup company, you will have to make more decisions, more quickly, and with uncertain information or little information at all.

Our culture says that leaders are strong, confident, have conviction and remain consistent. But what if they are wrong? It actually happens quite often. For example, Blockbuster, Blackberry, Xerox, and Sears to name a few. Ninty-five percent of startups are started and closed every year in the U.S. Most of us could do better. Here’s how.

The key to better decisions, according to Al Pittampali in his book “Persuadable,” is the willingness and the ability to change your mind in the face of new information. To do this, you have to reject absolute certainty and treat your beliefs as temporary. Plus, understand that no matter how confident you are in your view, you could be wrong,

This kind of thinking requires you to seek out counter-arguments against even your most long-standing trusted beliefs.

Therefore, exceptional decision-makers, are people who are first, “Persuadable” and have the mental flexibility to change their opinion. If they are persuadable, they need to evaluate critical information or arguments as objectively as possible and update their beliefs accordingly. This analysis starts with a good knowledge of critical thinking skills. We will have information on critical thinking skills at a later time.

Here is another way to think about it, Maybe rather than you trying to persuade someone else of your opinion, maybe you may need someone else to persuade you.

Do you consistently question yourself about your opinions and biases?  And let others know you are willing to listen to their arguments and views?

 At Harbor Capital Group, we help entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses.


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