Just want to pass along something I saw on the Daily Stat from Harvard Business Publishing:

A recent survey by McKinsey asked about decision-making practices and compared them with decision outcomes. Decisions that were made after a company’s executives sought out contradictory evidence and opinion were more likely to turn out well.

In cases where decisions turned out poorly, only 25% of respondents agreed that the decision makers had sought out evidence contradicting their initial plan, compared with 51% who strongly disagreed. But in cases where decisions turned out well, 43% of respondents agreed that decision makers sought out contrary evidence, and only 23% disagreed.

I’m preparing an article on how to lead effectively by facilitating productive discussionsand encouraging dissenting views, for an upcoming newsletter.
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