CASE STUDY. How To Avoid Half-Brain Decisions



A business owner seeking to replace his Operations Manager came to me for help. He realized that he had a track record of poor hiring decisions, yet he wasn’t sure if it was because he had unrealistic expectations or if something was wrong with his approach.

Examining management turnover, we deconstructed his previous five endeavors to recruit heads of departments. A pattern emerged.My client got overexcited about the prospect of solving his highest priority problem, i.e., filling the vacancy, each time he encountered a job candidate that confirmed to have experience in a specific area of interest to my client.

This reaction contributed to the premature development of an overly positive impression of each candidate every time that skewed his objectivity. With emotion clouding his judgment, he ignored important red flags.

I introduced my client to a high performance tool called The Spirit Level that enabled him to make more effective decisions. By learning to use his whole mind (rational thought and emotions) instead of just half (emotions), he was able to recalibrate his thoughts and feelings, thus resulting in more balanced decisions.

After using the tool, the owner was able to proactively modify job descriptions, as well as the interview and hiring processes to ensure he addressed his emotional blind spots prior to making important decisions.

To begin making whole-brain decisions today, simply apply The Spirit Level High Performance Tool to your own challenges. Click here to download a copy of the instructions and the worksheet.

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