Following a great joint May event, this month we will return to Tavistock Country Club on June 26th. We’ll keep our momentum going with our next speaker as we learn more practical skills we can apply to our lives—both business AND personal.
Please come join us for a nice breakfast, great networking, and an opportunity to learn. Elizabeth is very passionate and her message will touch all types – CEO’s, Business Owners, In transition, Business Development, Managers, etc.
“Mental Models That Ensure Success”
Featuring, Elizabeth Thornton:
Professor of Management Practice and Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Babson College, author of Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things as They Are and frequent contributor to Huffington Post and Psychology Today
OBJECTIVITY = the key to making better decisions under pressure and reducing cognitive errors caused by our inherently SUBjective mind set.
We are all inherently subjective. We respond to everything we experience through the lens of our mental models; deep-rooted ideas and beliefs about the way the world is and ought to be. We are constantly appraising our environment and we often get it wrong. We over-react to situations, take things personally, perceive tone in e-mails, jump to conclusions and judge people unfairly. These cognitive errors are common but avoidable.
Although this subjectivity impacts all aspects of our lives, it can be particularly destructive to senior leaders in business.
Demands on today’s executives are greater than ever before. Massive amounts of data are available to analyze. Changes in market forces are less predictable and more complex. Yet senior leaders are expected to make better decisions, faster, and implement those decisions on accelerate timelines. So when the pressure to perform intensifies, executives tend to rely solely on their past experiences and old mental models which undermines their ability to see things clearly, make sound judgments, develop innovation solutions and to collaborate effectively. To be an effective leader today requires the ability to reduce cognitive errors and increase objectivity when it counts.
Objectivity is defined as the ability to see and accept things as they are without projecting our mental models, fears, past experiences and backgrounds; objectivity means responding thoughtfully, deliberately, and effectively to the people, situations, and circumstances in our lives. It’s also the ability to question the underlying assumptions we make when judging situations, making decisions, and taking action. Objectivity is the ability to understand another person’s point of view and incorporate diverse perspectives into problem solving and decision-making.