Francesca Gino’s thoughtful and entertaining book “Sidetracked” is a good read, and yet I stopped and started it numerous times to read other books. I just get so. Francesca Gino I recently spoke to Francesca Gino, who is an Her new book is called Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and. Sidetracked will help you identify and avoid these influences so the decisions you make do stick—and you finally reach your intended by Francesca Gino.

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Consider the source 8. Getting sidetracked form our plans and initiatives is all too common of occurrences.

Yet, they are also unexpected: The principle that can help us counteract the effects that emotions have on our decisions is one I call take your emotional temperature. Chances are you think your decision-making process is a rational one that carefully considers all the relevant factors. The items expressed are those soft skills that are not really curriculum, but essential pieces to helping our students become productive adults.

Trailblazing in the Big Data Jungle. I thought this was an excellent way to bring everything home and make this book not just a fascinating read, but a practical one as well. Psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino has long studied the factors at play when judgment and decision making collide with the results of our choices in real life.

One little thing can frabcesca shift the path we take as our days, weeks, years progress. Those surveyed about voting in an election were asked ginl, “How clear are your thoughts about being a voter in tomorrow’s election? Mellody Hobson at Ariel Investments.

Cite View Details Find at Harvard. These biases lead us to judge others inaccurately. In SidetrackedFrancesca Gino identifies and illuminates many of these forces to help us all make decisions that we, our mothers, and our kids will be happier with. The book is absolutely packed with research case studies — how else can the nine key principles stretch to pages? So principle 3 is to zoom out, to step back and look at our position from a distance.


The bugs in the mind that sidetrack us Did you buy the souvenir you meant to get on your holiday shopping trip? You may not realize it but simple, irrelevant factors can have profound consequences on your decisions and behavior, often diverting you from your original plans and desires.

There is an area of self-help devoted to advice on completing tasks, and the focus is generally on the positive: I just get so easily distracted sometimes, which honestly scares the crap out o It’s easy to get sidetracked. Lots of anecdotes about psychology studies However, the style of the writing made it feel much less of a text book on experimental psychology than it might have been.

How to Not Get Sidetracked – Scientific American

francezca This has obvious implications when using our cell phone whilst driving! Simple changes in framing can have significant effects on our motivation to act. Thanks for telling us about the problem. As I said above, I found it most engaging and enjoyable to read, not dry or boring at all. Another principle I discuss is check your reference points. They were blinded by their own team pride.

Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan

Letting our emotions get in the way, viewing ourselves as more of an expert than others to list a few. Print Find at Harvard. The book talks a lot on common sense, so I think it’s a good choice if you just start reading on this kind of non-fiction. At times I found myself looking back to the title, to see how the various studies applied, or where they would lead me to insights that would help me, or direct actions I could take.

We can be influenced by the dishonest behaviour of others, and more so if that bond is strong, tempting us to cross our own ethical boundaries. But also a book on how we react to things and how we lie to ourselves. This has significance in understanding gang culture, for example, but can be used in a good way as well.

By making your standards shine, you can remind yourself of the importance of keeping your standards salient and become more likely to stick with them.


I also found it similar to the works of Dan Ariely that I’ve read and enjoyed, and it’s not surprising that the two are colleagues and work together on some experiments. We can be either too narrow or too broad. And finally, the chapters in the third section include irrelevant information, subtle changes in framing, and ambience and opportunity.

How to Not Get Sidetracked

Feb 19, Catherine frajcesca it did not like it. I couldn’t get through this book because there were too many studies. Nov 13, Wellington rated it liked it.

The problem is that these forces can seriously influence our decisions in negative ways and we often fail to anticipate them. By taking your emotional temperature, you can examine what your emotions are telling you and whether they are clouding your decisions. There are loads of fascinating experiments in the book, but here are just a couple I liked. There are some surprising and not so surprising results. In that case, this book would have been perfect for someone like me.

By taking the other side’s point of view, you can analyze the decision you face from another person’s perspective. Why do we ignore the business advice of others with more experience?

Jul 06, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it. I would actually have been pretty amazed if she had included a chapter entitled “Why can’t you put lids back on pickle jars? And beware the insidious social bonds. Though again, this may have been my own shortcoming rather than the authors, I had a very hard time connecting or applying the research It may be that the authors style simply did not suit me. I would have much preferred more real-life examples.

And make us unable to put lids back on jars. You have to really want to finish what you started.