Today is the first day of Daylight Savings Time and we are adjusting to the loss of one hour. I have come across a few articles recently about how the anchoring choice of a decision comes into play. The conversation of how we truly decide and move forward is always on-going. Neuroscientists and Psychologists keep us busy reading their latest articles and the above picture shows another view of what goes on when we begin to make decisions.
Anchors Aweigh is a phrase used to release the weighted anchor holding a ship at the harbor. Anchoring Decisions is a form of cognitive bias we all have which may be based on our education, culture, whether we grew up in a small or large family and the physical environment we enjoyed as children. When we choose the first piece of information we hear about an event, we anchor on to it. Although we may ask for some other information, we usually go back to the first piece of information we hear, because we unconsciously believe it to be true.
Perhaps some people haven’t considered how often they anchor what they hear. Often times we wonder why someone may not move from a “position” and anchoring may be the reason. Here is an additional view of how our unconscious bias influences our decision making.
During this second week of March, 2015, consider how you Choose Who You Want to be Known As when reaching out to understand another person’s decision. Have a great week!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach