Benefits of Bad Behavior – Confirmation Bias

Posted on: February 12th, 2016 by David Atwood No Comments

You may know someone who would rather not think about anything that upsets their impression of who they are.  Who am I kidding, it happens to all of us at one time or another!  Speaking for myself, I have a reputation to uphold and I don’t want to look dumb, weak, or to lose face.  I […]

Do Something Syndrome

Posted on: October 19th, 2015 by David Atwood No Comments

Reading time, 3 minutes, 5 seconds Another of the more pronounced human behaviours to influence our personal and investment outcomes is the urge to do something. The Do Something Syndrome may do more harm than good so it is worthy of consideration. Have you ever been delayed by traffic and quickly created “plan B” to […]

Smile or Die

Posted on: December 18th, 2013 by David Atwood No Comments

One of the things I’m vulnerable to is over-compensating for what I would describe as an inherent lack of confidence. The condition was developed innocently enough through life experiences and the culture I was brought up in. The remedy was to change the way I think, and for the most part, thinking positively has saved […]

Availability Bias

Posted on: August 7th, 2013 by David Atwood No Comments

If there is information available that is more recent or traumatic we are more likely to keep that information “front of mind” in decision making even though we know rationally there may be a more appropriate and logical response. Availability Bias can influence our decisions with investments and we need to be aware of how […]

Daniel Kahneman – Big Picture Thinking

Posted on: September 6th, 2012 by David Atwood No Comments

People are not fully rational. They make many choices about money and other things that if they reflected on it, they might do things differently.

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Posted on: October 28th, 2010 by David Atwood No Comments

This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. I find it interesting in light of my video rant about executive compensation. Studies showed the larger the rewards, the worse the performance! Simple tasks where it doesn’t […]