I’m curious about decisions, strategy, and how to live my best life. Follow me as I write to figure it out and share some wisdom along the way.

Why It Helps to Stop Before Deciding

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It is as simple as that. No mental models, no insights into cognitive biases — although being aware of them certainly helps, no defined decision-making process either. All you need is the power of the pause to make better decisions.

A pause might have saved the lives of 398 people who died because of trying to cross the road in 2013. The same study revealed the highest causes of death or severe injury were from a failure to look properly, or the pedestrian was careless, reckless or in a hurry. …


Two Essential Skills of a Good Leader

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They feed on a need to communicate well, both through questioning and listening, and be patient and not rushing both processes through. Thus, the greatest challenge any leader faces when it comes to solving problems and decision making is when the pressure of time comes into play. …


It’s how children learn

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The answer is a sad one. A failing reality of our education system is it focuses on memory function rather than core skills, such as problem-solving and decision-making. Our schools crush the curiosity found in every child over the age of three or four. …


You’ll be inspired to ask yourself the most important question of your life

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Two people smile while looking at a laptop screen.
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Having staggered up the steep hill from the train station, I found the school. Inside, an ex-CEO, Dan, stood by the door as we entered. “Pleasant out, isn’t it?” he chirped. Dry humor coupled with the British love of the rain gave Dan the ideal way to break the ice, and initiate conversations with us.

The business school offered a four-week course on starting a new business. In each session, Dan would give us an introduction to getting our businesses started. …


Should we be locking down or not?

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England will commence a second lockdown shortly, this time for a month. The Prime Minister and his scientific advisers tell us the numbers show the NHS will be overwhelmed. To prevent this, the government must introduce restrictions on our freedom of movement, thus preventing the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, others are arguing the lockdown is the wrong course of action.

The logic of well-informed writers like Matt Ridley is the lockdown is a mistake. It will impact non-COVID illnesses, compound mental health, and damage democracy amongst other factors. It isn’t just Matt who is making this argument. There are these two guys, Dr Tom Jefferson, and Professor Carl Heneghan. …


Including a cracker from Naval Ravikant

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The real power of the podcast isn’t the entertainment value, it’s the opportunity to learn. And oh boy, have I learnt. Repeatedly I assimilate the perceptiveness which overflows from each episode. Much of what I learn informs my writing, as well as improving my decision-making or approach to life. …


Why passing more than words as a leader is vital

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The first day is always the worst. If you could ask Dr Miranda Bailey she would agree whole-heartedly. Her glum expression reflecting the hollowness she now feels. Gone is the high of starting her first day as chief of surgery at Grey Sloane Memorial Hospital.

Stood on the open passageway where the two sides of the atrium become one, Bailey has a choice of views. To the south, the red and white stripes hang against the giant flagpole, fluttering gently in the breeze as the Seattle skyline sits poised in the background. In the other direction is the centre of the atrium, the reception area where patients, visitors, doctors, and nurses go about their day. …


It’s not chess or poker — writing is life

Writing isn’t a game, unlike the game of chess being played here.
Writing isn’t a game, unlike the game of chess being played here.
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Chess is a perfect game, one where if you move the pieces in the correct direction at the correct time, you can win. …


A good process is better than a bad one

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Our primal urge to act quickly in every situation is one which must overcome. Bad habits fester, growing into the blockers of progress which hold mankind back. …


Direction matters over speed

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Most of us don’t have the benefit of a teacher to explain the fundamentals of decision-making, let alone quick decision-making. A good school will teach you everything to do with spelling, reading, and experimenting through the wonders of English, Maths, and science, but nothing on how to make decisions.

And that’s bad.

It’s a little sad too because decision making is the most important skill you can have. You should be aware quick decisions normally have a bad outcome unless lady luck is lingering. A quick decision often ignores the situation, instead relying on your intuition to guide you towards your preferred outcome. …

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