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Leaders would like to think that they lead in unbiased ways. However, that’s easier said than done. The fall of man affected every part of who we are, including our thinking.
Brain biases abound. A Google search reveals almost 200 different biases. Among those 200, what brain biases pose the greatest threat to effective leadership? In this post, I explain five and suggest an idea for each to counter its potential negative impact.
Scientists call these ‘brain‘ biases cognitive biases, judgment errors that arise from our tendency to mentally jump to conclusions. Daniel Kahneman, Nobel prize winner and author of the book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, calls them heuristics, mental shortcuts we use when we make decisions. Because our brain has limited energy, we can‘t consciously ‘think‘ before every decision. Therefore, we intuitively make many decisions (more than 40 percent of what we do is habit) that require limited mental resources and allocate our brain energy only to those that require our immediate attention. As a result, we sometimes don‘t make the best decisions which can impair our leadership.
Here are my top 5 brain biases.
1. The confirmation bias. This bias reflects our preference for those who agree with us. We subconsciously look for people and information to confirm our preexisting beliefs, actions, and attitudes. As a result, we spotlight only the information that supports the decision we want to make and we tend to discard negative input that we need to see the full picture and make the wisest decision.
Many experts predicted that 2017-2018 would be the “age of video marketing on social media” and the data is showing that they were overwhelmingly correct.
Video has erupted onto the scene with brands and businesses creating more video than ever before – with no signs of slowing down.
Consumers are loving it, too! HubSpot, for example, found that 43% of people want to see more video content from marketers. And that 51.9% of marketing professionals worldwide name video as the type of content with the best ROI.
But one aspect of creating video content that’s often overlooked is finding the background music.
We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best places to find high-quality background music for video.
Let’s dive in!
13 Fantastic Places to Find Background Music for Video
As many of you might have experienced, finding quality background music for video can be a huge challenge.
There are hundreds of websites out there with millions of songs to choose from. And each website offers different search functionalities, licensing options, and music experience.
We tested out more than 50 online music libraries and dwindled it down to 13 of our favorites.
It is easier to be thankful during Thanksgiving. The name alone inspires a sense of appreciation. Mix that general feeling with turkey, good wine, family, and friends and even the busiest, overworked American can find a reason to stop and be thankful. The challenge is maintaining a thankfulness habit throughout the year.
All too often, life gets in the way. Assignments need to be completed, employees need to be managed, and flights need to be caught. Presentations need to be given, equipment needs to be maintained, and reports need to be filed. On top of your more-than-full-time job, daily tasks affiliated with raising children, maintaining relationships, and keeping yourself sane have to somehow fit into your schedule.
It is easy to become so preoccupied with meeting goals and succeeding in life, that we forget to enjoy and appreciate the ride. A thankfulness habit is a natural remedy. Like most habits, it takes time and effort to establish. Recognizing the many benefits of thankfulness is key to prioritizing its development.
Thankfulness will not only make you happier, it will help you to achieve your very real goals. It will strengthen your relationships, help to maintain your health, and ultimately enable you to live a more productive life. You don’t have to take my word for it; the science of thankfulness is well documented. Here are five proven benefits of thankfulness to get you motivated.
Thankfulness combats stress
The many impacts of stress on our health are still being uncovered. We know it can be bad, but we’re not always sure just how bad. With every study, the severity and extent of this relationship deepen. Stress impacts the gut, decreases activity levels and can lead to irritable bowel syndrome. There is even evidence chronic stress can quicken cancer progression.
Effective leaders always seek wise advice and counsel.
If you, like me, are a small church pastor, you know there’s a huge expectation for us to treat everyone’s advice as though they all have equal value.
We’re often told that getting everyone’s input is the only fair way to do things. Some churches even require congregational votes on almost every decision.
There are very few policies that will stifle a church’s health and effectiveness more permanently than the pursuit of false fairness. It must be resisted if our leadership is to be effective.
Yes, everyone has equal value in God’s eyes and they should in our eyes, too. But when it comes to who should have input into major decisions, not everyone’s opinion has equal value.
Whose Opinion Carries Greater Weight?
In my 30-plus years of ministry, I’ve recognized three types of people whose opinions merit a greater say. I feel so strongly about these, that I teach them in every new members class. It cuts down on the complaints later.
These may not be the best criteria for you, your leadership style and your church, but even if you don’t use this list I encourage you to make one of your own.
Decide in advance whose opinions should carry the greatest weight. Otherwise the loudest voices will win out and your ministry will be all reactive instead of proactive.
Thank you to our sources for this week’s blog posts:
Biblical Leadership – 5 Brain Biases That Limit Leaders
Buffer Social – 13 Fantastic Places to Find Background Music for Video
Michael Hyatt – Inside the Surprising New Science of Gratitude
Christianity Today / Karl Vaters – Effective Church Leaders Do Not Treat Everyone Equally