Blink, decide and move on

15 Apr


Malcolm Gladwell's Blink

Malcolm Gladwell's Blink

Still thinking about Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, and how our subconscious interprets events or cues and how past experiences allow people to make informed decisions very rapidly.


How quickly do we make decisions when collecting information? Poynter EyeTrack studies say fast. When we understand the format, we can move much quicker.


Gladwell describes “thin-slicing” or our ability to gauge what is really important from a very narrow period of experience. Yes, spontaneous decisions are often as good as — or even better than — carefully planned and considered ones.

In an age of information overload, experts often make better decisions with snap judgments than with volumes of analysis.

How much is too much information?


6 Responses to “Blink, decide and move on”

  1. pochp April 15, 2009 at 3:53 am #

    You’ll know you suffer from ‘info overload’ when you feel lethargic and don’t know why.

  2. klcesarz April 15, 2009 at 4:13 am #

    Hoping to avoid that lethargy and manage the info spikes. Tall order. Thanks for the comment.

  3. pochp April 15, 2009 at 7:14 am #

    I said that because it’s what’s happening to me right now :-).
    Networking is part of my job so I’m virtually forced
    into ‘info stress’.

  4. Matt Baron April 16, 2009 at 5:18 am #

    Gladwell is a gifted reporter and writer. Tipping Point, Blink and now Outliers—all books that have helped me immensely in my personal and professional lives.

    One step I’m embarking on to help me thin-slice and to improve my efficiency and productivity—-limiting the frequency of checking e-mail. My initial step is to do it twice a day. Timothy Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Workweek, prompted this much-needed move.

  5. klcesarz April 16, 2009 at 6:40 am #

    Just found the Ferris site the other day. Look forward to reading his book. Thanks for the idea.


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