Last week, I attended the Chick-fil-A Leadercast conference in Atlanta with about 5,000 other professionals. Another 120,000 attended remotely from locations across the globe.
The theme was Choices and every presenter, from Marcus Buckingham and John Maxwell to Patrick Lencioni and Tim Tebow, spoke about the power of making wise choices.
|My friend, Kim Ellet Arasin, and me |
with the Chick-fil-A cow.
The speaker who impressed me the most was someone I didn't know. Dr. Sheena Iyengar, a professor of business at Columbia Business School and an innovative researcher on choice, is a polished, engaging speaker who also happens to be blind. Here she is speaking at a TED talk about choice overload. It runs 16 minutes.
At the Leadercast conference, she encouraged us to become more aware of the decisions we make by doing this choosing exercise. Don't let the simple nature of this task fool you; it's a powerful practice that she recommends repeating every six months. Set aside an hour some time within the next week to do it.
We make hundreds, if not thousands, of choices every day. Most of them are automatic or habitual, without much thought to if they really are best for us.
When it comes to the products and services you offer, you might recognize that reducing choices could increase sales. Enhance your awareness about the choices you make--and ask others to make--for more success at work and in life.
What aha's! came from this exercise? Share them on my Facebook Page or reply back to me. I love hearing from you!
To Wise Choices,
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