Blink!

To start off, I really enjoyed the reading of this book. It was very interesting and really put you in the shoes of the examples. I found the opening of the book to be very interesting and very beneficial hook for the topic of the book seeing as how it was not a business related topic. To focus on a few of the things that I learned, thin-slicing is as I assume, the top learned subject from the book for myself as well as the class. At first glance I thought thin-slicing was really just a fancy term for stereotyping. As the book goes on the author explains how thin-slicing is different from stereotyping and also relates it to the term adaptive unconscious. In relation to management, I believe the reading allows insight on to the different types of decisions managers face not just daily, but multiple times a day. The world is an unpredictable place, let alone the business world. Managers must be able to see when it is the proper time to use snap judgement or to sift through appropriate evidence to make a thought out decision. Although most people, such as myself experience “FOBO” otherwise known as the fear of better options, in this case the fear of not knowing all aspects of every situation that requires a decision. However, this book did highlight the importance and sometimes beneficial end of a snap judgement call; even going as far to say snap judgement calls are sometimes better. In a way I do agree or else I wouldn’t have my lovable dog Stella or any of my tattoos if it wasn’t for snap judgement calls. In relation to other assignments, I pulled the most ties from Overcoming Bias strictly from the concept of bias (of course) as well as stereotyping. Both books reference the unignorable fact that judgement in an unconscious reaction and although we may not notice our adaptive unconscious we can influence the way in which we thin slice individuals. Pulling away from last week’s assignment reading on planning and analysis, I mostly related the previous reading to the idea of snap decisions and evidence backed decisions as previously stated. Lastly, I also took note of the tips learned from our previous book Overcoming Bias; specifically the tips on curving unconscious tendencies such as the adaptive unconscious to influence my way of handling and speaking within certain situations in the business setting.

My last note to add, I strongly agree with all readings we have completed. I felt the need to remind myself that all decisions and situations are diverse in their own nature. There is no magic formula or specific steps you can take to come to a decision and not all decisions will be comfortable ones at that; definitely not within management.

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