Ad Hoc

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No… it’s not the name of the Captain but that of a strategy for group decision-making. A strategy for avoiding the disastrous impact of groupthink and political games. A strategy to make decisions (more) fairly. Read more

What vs. How

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The difference between “what” and “how” is greatly under-estimated and fundamental. In other words, you doubtless know what to do (your strategy), but are a bit less certain about how to do it (its execution), especially when you are constantly dealing with other duties (and distractions). The 4D method can help you. Read more

The votes are cast!

To choose is to give something up. So it’s not easy to make a truly collective decision that doesn’t turn into a two-hour meeting, into long debates on what each person thinks are the pros and cons of every option. In fact, it can be easy: with a few colored stickers… Read more

I do, therefore I am

When we make a decision or act in a certain way, it’s then very important for ourselves and others to be consistent (at least in appearance) with what we have decided or done. It’s a dual personal and social pressure that will usually push us to act in such a way as to justify our past actions. Read more

With Time goes…

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Everything goes, above all the feeling of satisfaction, the positive emotions linked to a decision. It’s what psychologists call “adaptation”. It’s inevitable. You end up getting used to everything. This is what drives some of us on an unceasing search for this short feeling of satisfaction, wanting ever more. Some tips on how to get out of it. Read more

Switch to automatic mode

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The multiplication of options has gradually spread to all fields of modern life. On supermarket shelves, in higher education, leisure, retirement plans, health, in our way of working, of finding a partner … But not all topics deserve a complete, fully conscious choice and decision-making process. Read more

If you are infobese, read this

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All the information we must deal with in order to decide and act constitute a veritable chaos. Telephone conversations, interviews, e-mails, notes, presentations, meetings, media, Internet, books, training… This complexity stresses us and fills us with fear: fear of forgetting what’s important, fear of missing something essential. Most of the tools we use are just solutions to manage, organize or store these flows. On the contrary, mind mapping (or heuristic maps) is a technique that makes it possible to consider this complexity as a whole and make the most of it. Read more

Diversity of viewpoints is fundamental

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When you chair a meeting, you must ensure that each contribution can be heard and, if applicable, make its own way. That’s not easy, because group dynamics are complex: hierarchies, groupthink, the last one to speak is right, … and the floor is often monopolized by a few (always the same), which doesn’t help at all. Forget the paperboard. Instead, share a Mind Map. Read more