Cognitive biases

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  • 31 May 2017

    The importance of self-awareness

    In a recent article for The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman reported on some of the work being done by Tasha Eurich, an organisational psychologist, author and expert on the subject of self-awareness. According to Eurich, 95% of people think they’re self-aware but only 10-15% of us really are. If we’re not self-aware then we only have a […]
  • 24 May 2017

    Because thinking is hard

    Back in January we wrote about some of the cognitive biases that can hinder our better judgement when recruiting new players. For example, we might overvalue experience – because know-how feels safe and so we assume it’s important – or be overly optimistic about a new player because we desperately want the signing to work out. Since […]
  • 16 Jan 2015

    Is doing nothing, something?

    If there’s an off-field parallel to the penalty shootout, it’s the month of January. The arrival of the transfer window coupled with contract renewals and sometimes decisions about the manager’s future make it a month of high-pressure choices, much like the choices our players must make after the 120th minute.The results in both scenarios are […]
  • 10 Dec 2014

    The $999,999 question

    What time do you set your alarm in the morning? The odds are it’s a round number; 6.15am rather than 6.12am, for example.This simple decision is relatively inconsequential, for a minute here or there isn’t going to make you late for work. But analysing historical football transfers suggests that round numbers can play an […]