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Fundamental Attribution Error

One of the more challenging cognitive biases for many leaders is the Fundamental Attribution Error, the human tendency to make an assumption about the cause of someone’s actions.

First Impression

In our earlier blog post, The Science of First Impressions, we discussed the uphill climb we face IF we make a negative first impression. In this post, we’ll discuss the steps that research shows can help us make a BETTER first impression.

First Impression

We’ve all had the experience of meeting someone for the first time and formulating our first impression of that person. We even wonder what impression they have of us. That first impression is extremely important to us as human beings – more than we may even realize.


Having to speak in a meeting or doing a presentation in front of a group of people can shake some of us to the core. We can appear as though we are not confident in what we are saying and that can dilute the message we are trying to get across.


Over the years of training and coaching Leaders, I’ve found that Cognitive Dissonance is one of the biggest challenges leaders struggle with.

So, what is it?


Of course, some people are more creative than the rest of us. We all have ideas. Ideas often come to us at strange times, and we might rush to write them down before we forget.


In our interviews with hundreds of leaders at the top of their field, it was clear that they shared a common perspective. The key they repeatedly shared with us was the importance of managing their mindset during a crisis.

Benjamin Franklin

By any standard of measure, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) is considered highly successful. Franklin was writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, and political philosopher.


As the pressure of The Great Resignation has heated up, managers have been feeling the pressure and are leaving in greater and greater numbers – often leaving for non-management roles.