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8: Make Good Decisions

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    • 8.0: Chapter Introduction
    • 8.1: Understanding Decision Making
      Decision making refers to making choices among alternative courses of action—which may also include inaction. This chapter will help you understand how to make decisions alone or in a group while avoiding common decision-making pitfalls. As you know, the key to positive human relations in these situations is communication and application of emotional intelligence skills such as self-awareness when making decisions alone.
    • 8.2: Faculty Decision Making
      No matter which model you use, it is important to know and avoid the decision-making traps that exist. Daniel Kahnemann (another Nobel Prize winner) and Amos Tversky spent decades studying how people make decisions. They found that individuals are influenced by overconfidence bias, hindsight bias, anchoring bias, framing bias, and escalation of commitment. An awareness of some of the pitfalls of decision making enhances our ability to make good decisions.
    • 8.3: Decision Making in Groups
    • 8.4: Chapter Summary and Case