Getting Smarter: Why Leaders, and the Rest of Us, Need to Be Better Thinkers (Part of the “Beyond Common Sense” series)

“Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you…

Confirmation Bias (Part of the “Beyond Common Sense” series)

This is part of a series that began here. Confirmation Bias is among the most basic and insidious…

Cognitive Dissonance (Part of the “Beyond Common Sense” series)

This is part of an ongoing series of articles that began here. “The test of a first-rate…

The Dangers of Cognitive Bias: Part of the “Beyond Common Sense” Series

This is a brief excerpt from a much longer article called “A Leader’s Guide to Why People…

System 1, System 2, and the Nine Strategies: Blending Insights from Modern Cognitive Psychology with the Enneagram

Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking Fast and Slow” has helped popularize the idea that we have two general…

The Beyond Common Sense Program

Everyone thinks they have good critical thinking skills; few people are actually good critical thinkers. Current scientific…

The Instinctual Teams Program

To paraphrase Tolsoy, all effective teams look the same, but all ineffective teams are ineffective in their…

“No One Understands You and What to Do About It”

Managing one’s personal brand is something that many people are uncomfortable with–no one wants to be “that person”…

Post-Mortems and Pre-Mortems–Learning from the Past and Learning from the Future

As 2015 draws to a close and 2016 quickly approaches, it’s a great opportunity to take stock…

A Summary of the Three Instinctual Biases

Instinctual Biases The three Instinctual Biases are focuses of attention or systems of value that help satisfy…

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