NOISE is set to be the next behavioral science bestseller. Daniel Kahneman, Cass Sunstein and Olivier Sibony describe noise as the unwanted variabilities in our judgments. In our exclusive interview with co-author Olivier Sibony (https://oliviersibony.com/about/) we delve into the fundamentals of noise. What different types of noise are there? Where do we find noise? Why does bias get more attention than noise? And finally, Olivier’s favorite topic; how we can mitigate noise by using decision hygiene and actively open minded thinking.
Olivier Sibony is a professor, writer and advisor specializing in the quality of strategic thinking and the design of decision processes. Olivier teaches Strategy, Decision Making and Problem Solving at HEC Paris. He is also an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School in Oxford University. Olivier’s research centers on improving the quality of decision making by reducing the impact of behavioral biases. He is the author of numerous articles in academic and popular publications, including Before You Make That Big Decision, co-authored with Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman.
Our interview with Olivier is, as I’m sure you will agree. absolutely mesmerizing. Learning about the extent of noise in our lives from Olivier and from the new book, is truly enlightening. As their cleverly crafted catchphrase says "wherever there is judgment, there is noise, and more of it than you think."
Thankfully, the brilliant team of authors have included lots of ways to combat the noise around us. And we know that our discussion with Olivier is just the first of many that we will have around this groundbreaking topic.
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Topics We Discuss
- (4:38) Welcome to Olivier Sibony and speed round questions
- (7:51) The difference between bias and noise
- (11:32) Why has bias received more attention than noise?
- (14:15) Where noise can be found?
- (22:32) What is Decision Hygiene?
- (26:35) How to implement mitigation techniques against noise?
- (29:32) Actively Open Minded Thinking and what it means for leadership and education
- (38:45) What are the different types of noise?
- (44:18) The role of moral philosophical foundations and noise
- (49:28) Music
- (54:06) Grooving Session and Bonus Track
Olivier Sibony’s Books
Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Kahneman, Sibony and Sunstein, 2021 https://amzn.to/3heyr5r
You're About to Make a Terrible Mistake: How Biases Distort Decision-Making and What You Can Do to Fight Them https://amzn.to/3u8LBnp
Olivier Sibony https://oliviersibony.com/about/
Languedoc wine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languedoc-Roussillon_wine
Rhones Valley wine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rh%C3%B4ne_wine
Dr Itiel Dror https://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucjtidr/
John Maynard Keynes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Maynard_Keynes
Max Bazerman “Better, Not Perfect: A Realist's Guide to Maximum Sustainable Goodness” https://amzn.to/3f4vvqm
Bentham's Utilitarianism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilitarianism
Kant's Deontological Approach https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-deontological/
Noise: How to Overcome the High, Hidden Cost of Inconsistent Decision Making https://hbr.org/2016/10/noise
Behavioral Grooves Patreon https://www.patreon.com/behavioralgrooves
Yo-Yo Ma cellist “Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1prweT95Mo0
Billy Evans “My Foolish Heart” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2LFVWBmoiw
Keith Garrett “I Grew Up Today” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PerFVC6KbU
Oscar Peterson “C Jam Blues” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTJhHn-TuDY
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