I firmly believe that having more options is preferable to having fewer options. On the other hand, just about every time I go to the grocery store, I wish there were fewer choices. So I am conflicted: my training and belief system tell me the more options, the better; my experience, sometimes just the opposite. Research now validates the conflict I experience. In fact, Columbia researcher Sheena Iyengar asserts that having too many options results in poorer decisions. Read on at https://prismdecision.com/z4x.
In its July 13 issue, Newsweekreported that although creativity scores had for decades been steadily rising in America, since 1990 ?they have consistently inched downward.? This news is disturbing for the nation?s children and our future prosperity. But the situation is not dire. There is a clear antidote to this decline in the nation?s creativity. Creativity is a discipline that can be taught. Read on at
Chuck Jones and his Warner Brothers colleagues used the “yes” session as a creative alternative to brainstorming when they developed story lines for Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other Looney Toons characters. The “yes” session is designed to explore and extend nascent ideas. See the full post at https://prismdecision.com/bugs-bunny-didnt-brainstorm
Often, when making difficult decisions, we choose what is familiar and reject novelty. We favor the status quo because it is “within our comfort zone.” This is a natural human tendency. However, new research reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates that effective decision makers need to beware of the potential pitfalls of “status quo bias.”