You are no Daniel Kahneman, sir, and I would have you unhand me before I call the gendarmie

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This is Daniel Kahneman
He won a Nobel prize, he has written loads of books, all about how you think and how you make decisions.

He has simply loads to offer to help people make better decisions.

You’d think that people whose very job it is to make good decisions would really want him to help them get better?
People like senior leaders in organisations, them surely?

No. They do not.

Here is Daniel…

“The reaction is always the same—they are very interested, but unless they invited you specifically because they wanted to do something, they don’t want to apply anything.”[link]

When asked “Why do you think leaders are hesitant to act on your ideas?”…

That’s easy.
Leaders know that any procedure they put in place is going to cause their judgement to be questioned.
And whether they’re fully aware of it or not, they’re really not in the market to have their decisions and choices questioned.”

So, if THIS man, clutching his Nobel Prize For Cleverness can’t get leaders interested, why would a leader listen to some oik like you*?

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That’s it. No more to this post. No clever 7 point plan outlining cunning strategies. The point was in that last question.

*Or me too obviously. I’m a total oik

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6 Responses to You are no Daniel Kahneman, sir, and I would have you unhand me before I call the gendarmie

  1. Frank Wood says:

    I’m not surprised that business leaders don’t listen to Kahn. I struggled through his book and nearly lost the will to live thanks to his turgid obfuscating prose and his ludicrous “experiments” often done at cost to state the blindlingly obvious as David Allen would put it. I found the most time effective way to read his book was while taking a crap.

    There’s one rule of thumb to use when writing a proposal to business leaders. Would a hairy arsed engineer type read it or throw it out the window or even worse use it as toilet paper.

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  2. dambot says:

    People in power want power. They will do stuff that increases their power. They will not do stuff that damages or threatens their power. People in power think they are better than other people and this is proved because they are in positions of power over other people. Therefore people in power are ‘right’ and other people with divergent views are ‘wrong’. People in power are also psychopaths.

    I would bow down to my obvious intellectual overlords, the engineers, but I find their beards, bellies and breath off-putting.

    David Allen – 11 bouts, 55% KOs?

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  3. dambot says:

    BTW Mr Porpoise, I think you need to move away from lionising old men. They’re just people who’ve had good ideas. You’re a person who has had good ideas, so am I. Praise the idea and quote the source. Or else you’re just doing a sort of reverse ad hominem and its just as logically dodgy. Off to the beach…

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