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CFO Insights — The dangers of being too decisive

Published on: Feb 25, 2016

As CFO, you confront multiple decisions every day. Compounding the challenge, many CFOs face external or self-imposed pressure to quickly reach a conclusion.

However, a rich body of research in social psychology and behavioral economics suggests that decisiveness is not an unequivocal good. Studies on “mindset” reveal that, when contemplating an important decision, prematurely focusing on execution can exacerbate decision-making biases and lead to excessive risk-taking.

This issue discusses the different decision-making phases and offer suggestions for mitigating the pitfalls of execution-oriented mindsets.


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