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TIME FOR BED

Poor sleep can have a serious effect on memory and decision-making – hardly a recipe for success in business. Coaches need to be prepared to give some clients the ‘wake up’ call they need, says Vicki Culpin   You may be shocked to hear that 17 hours of wakefulness can bring down a person’s level of alertness to the equivalent blood alcohol reading of 0.05%, a level that would break the legal drink-driving limit in more than 90 countries. Poor quality and quantity of sleep can have a dramatic impact, both personally and in the workplace. The behaviours an individual may […]

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BUILD IN PSYCHOLOGY TO IMPROVE DECISION-MAKING

An understanding of human psychology and how to overcome biases needs to be built into decision-making processes to enable politicians – and other leaders – to learn from their mistakes and make better decisions in the future. Recent political events, including the release of the Chilcot Inquiry into Iraq, Brexit and US presidential campaigns, have highlighted the fragility of decision-making. A briefing paper released by the British Psychological Society at the end of September highlights patterns of thinking that get in the way of good decision-making. It makes a series of recommendations on how to overcome biases, including establishing support […]

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TACKLING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS: EMCC CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

We need to accept that holding unconscious biases is normal whilst constantly challenging ourselves and working to recognise our own biases, said Jenny Plaister-Ten and Carol Whitaker. In their session at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s international conference in Istanbul on 19-21 November, Plaister-Ten and Whitaker said that unconscious biases can be useful when we’re dealing with ambiguity, when we need to make a rapid decision, or when we’re dealing with information overload. They suggested that to promote more unbiased decision-making, we do the following: constantly challenge ourselves, accepting our biases as normal and working to recognise them; apply […]

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