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Nov 8, 2020
John Doerr's Measure What Matters is about the importance of setting clear goals and using metrics to back them up. Doerr argues that metrics-driven OKRs (objectives and key results) have a considerable impact.
In contrast, Jerry Muller's The Tyranny of Metrics shows that measuring everything destroys our schools, hospitals, police and politics. When metrics is the most important, everyone will try to "game" the numbers. E.g., schools teach to the test rather than to educate.
People tend to prefer complex solutions over plain ones.
Habits are comfortable. When we're stressed out, we tend to fall back on our old habits for two reasons:
The way we move our bodies changes the nature of our thoughts. When we stroll, the pace of our feet fluctuates with our moods. We can change the pace of our thoughts by deliberately walking faster or by slowing down.
While we walk, our attention is free to wander. Studies have linked this mental state to innovative ideas.
Most people assume that good decision making is choosing a course of action that leads to the desired outcome.
In reality, decision making is about how you end up with your decision, not what the decision leads to.
When a person experiences something negative, they will blame the circumstances. When something negative happens to another person, they will blame the individual for their behaviors.
For example, when a doctor tells someone their cholesterol levels are too high, the patient might blame environmental influences. When they hear of someone else with high cholesterol levels, they think it is because of a poor diet or lack of exercise.
New studies examined the relationship between how people make decisions - if they make it rationally or emotionally - and how determined they are to defend that choice.
They found that when people make a choice based on feelings, they are more protective of that choice.
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