Sailing with Pirates: What Was Choice B?

Although piracy continues unabated off the Somali coast, “we the people” have largely moved on to more compelling matters like the Palin book barrage, Lou Dobb’s retirement, and oh yes, Health Care reform.  A couple of items did sneak into the popular press in the past week that cause me to wonder “what were the … [Read more…]

Beware the Escalation of Commitment Trap

I’m always on the lookout for pieces about decision making at work, or better still, great examples of decision traps at work.  Richard Thaler writes about one of those traps called “escalation of commitment” in the New York Times when he describes a game that’s sometimes called a dollar auction.  I’ve seen it done several … [Read more…]