The Farnam Street website provides more insight into our tendency to act when the best course may be to simply maintain continuity or restrain from action. This tendency is often referred to as a bias towards action.

The post from Farnam Street begins with this quote:

“We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.” — Roman satirist Petronius Arbiter

We all have this bias towards action at some point.

Can you recognize it in the moment? And, can you stop yourself from action when the opposite is warranted?

The entire article, which draws from the great book Seeking Wisdom. is worth reading.


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Marcia McDermott

Marcia McDermott

Former college and national team athlete who made a career coaching college, pro and international level. Now I coach the coach and am committed to coaches and leaders building high performance teams.

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