Subba’s Serendipitous moments

January 30, 2007

Decision making — Using the unconscious mind

Filed under: Business,Leadership,Learning,Perspective — Subbaraman Iyer @ 1:20 pm

The HBR issue of Feb 2007 has a list of breakthrough ideas. The one idea that resonates with me strongly because I have often used it is the one on using the unconscious mind to make the decision. It is titled as When to sleep on it.

Whenever I have been confronted with a challenging decision that I need to take, I have always processed the information after making sure that I have framed the issue from multiple perspectives and have a clear large frame that can accomodate multiple view points. Sometimes, I ask myself if Gandhi or Churchill or a Jack Welch was to make this decision, what factors would they consider.

After I have dwelt on the framing issue adequately, I generally put a definitive time stamp on when to make the decision based on the time that I have and the circumstances I find myself in.. It could just be a few minutes, hours or even days. During that time, I have found myself thinking along many different dimensions.At the time of making the decision, I have found amazing clarity, very little conflict between the head and the heart and more importantly rooted in principles and values which I hold dear.

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