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Max Bazerman and Don Moore on How to Empower Others to Make Better Choices

Max H. Bazerman and Don Moore join me on Passion Struck with John R. Miles to discuss their new book, Decision Leadership: Empowering Others to Make Better Choices. Max Bazerman and Don Moore helped birth behavioral economics. This book is a fresh perspective on how decisions are made through the lens of leadership.

Max H. Bazerman is the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Max is the author or co-author of 13 books (including Complicit, 2022, Better, Not, Perfect, 2020; the eighth edition of Judgment in Managerial Decision Making [with Don A. Moore], 2013, Blind Spots [with Ann Tenbrunsel], 2011, and Negotiation Genius [with Deepak Malhotra], 2007.

Don A. Moore is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and holds the Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.  He is the author of Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (also with Max Bazerman) and Perfectly Confident

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When the stakes are high and there is time to reflect. It is worth investing the energy to do a more conscious, reflective, and deliberate analysis of the expected values involved in order to help you make the best decision possible.

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In This Episode, Max Bazerman, Don Moore, And I Discuss Their New Book Decision Leadership

We discuss how behavior science can be applied to creating organizations that are decision factories where influential leaders become decision architects helping those around them to make wise ethical choices consistent with their values and those of the organizations they work in. 

  • Forming and sustaining their decades-long partnership
  • Their support of the Better Change for Good Initiative
  • How Decision Leadership Empowers Others
  • Self-doubt and its ramifications
  • Colin Kaepernick as an example of decision leadership
  • The shortcomings of intuition in decision making
  • The Select crowd strategy
  • The impact of Boeing focusing on speed to market
  • Mckinsey’s role in unethical consulting practices
  • Why are employees becoming disengaged
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]m!
  • And much more…
194 | Decision Leadership: Empowering Others to Make Better Choices | Max Bazerman and Don Moore | Passion Struck with John R. Miles
194 | Decision Leadership: Empowering Others to Make Better Choices | Max Bazerman and Don Moore | Passion Struck with John R. Miles

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More From My Interview With Max Bazerman and Don Moore on How to Make Better Choices

During the Passion Struck podcast interview, I asked Max and Don to provide their feedback on what they hope a reader will take away from their book.

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Don Moore explains, “I would encourage every leader to consider the possibility that they might be wrong. As we advance in our careers, we get affirmation from those around us that it’s too easy to allow to go to our heads. Instead, we need to correct the risk that our vulnerability to overconfidence by opening ourselves to the possibility that we might be wrong by opening ourselves to advice or critical input from others, in fact, seeking that input out.

You mentioned Netflix, one of the organizational practices that Reed Hastings implemented at Netflix after its near-death experience with Qwikster was farming for dissent. Any big decision requires managers at Netflix actually to collect disagreeing opinions. Every leader should have the courage to do that within their organizations. Ask yourself why you might be wrong. It’s the best antidote to overconfidence.”

Max Bazerman explains, “And I’ll add sort of the social idea of leaders realizing that they have more power to improve their organization in the world by thinking about the decisions of other people that they can influence than they can through their own decisions. What’s unique about leaders is leaders aren’t just responsible for making good decisions like doctors and lawyers. They’re responsible for leaving other people to make wise decisions. And I encourage all leaders to take on that responsibility.”

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About Today’s Guest Max Bazerman

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Max H. Bazerman is Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School.  His recent books include Complicit (forthcoming); Decision Leadership (with Don A. Moore); Better, Not PerfectThe Power of Experiments (with Michael Luca); The Power of Noticing; Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (with Don Moore); and Blind Spots (with Ann Tenbrunsel).

Max received an honorary doctorate from the University of London, the Life Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management, the Academy of Management Career Award for Scholarly Contributions to Management, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.  In addition, Max was named as Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics and as one of Daily Kos’ Heroes for going public about how the Bush Administration corrupted the RICO Tobacco trial.

About Today’s Guest Don Moore

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Don Moore is the Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication at Berkeley Haas and serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He received his PhD in Organization Behavior from Northwestern University. His research interests include overconfidence—including when people think they are better than they actually are when people think they are better than others, and when they are too sure they know the truth. He is only occasionally overconfident.

His research has appeared in popular press outlets and academic journals, from Psychological Review to Harvard Business Review.  He is the author, most recently, of Decision Leadership with Max Bazerman.  Other books include Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (also with Max Bazerman) and Perfectly Confident.

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