Here’s an important tip for making smarter decisions

Alfred P Sloan – a onetime GM chairman  – once ended a board meeting shortly after it had begun saying:

“I take it we are all in complete agreement on the decision….Then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what the decision is all about.”

We’ve been hearing a lot about echo chambers and bubbles recently.  Could you be working in one and not realize it?  Pause a moment and think about it.  A team of yes-people is not going to give you the best advice or save you from your own self-inflicted disasters.

So make room for the contrarians. Encourage debate and discussion. Listen to it all before you come to a decision.