How does it work

Beware of old ideas clothed in new labels. Develop a healthy skepticism toward “the next big management idea. Adopt an attitude of wisdom”

-Jeffrey Pfeffer from “Hard Facts”

Jeffrey Pfeffer’s Top 5 EBM Tips:

1.Face the hard facts, and build a culture in which people are encouraged to tell the truth, even if it is unpleasant.
2.Be committed to “fact based” decision making — which means being committed to getting the best evidence and using it to guide actions.
3.Treat your organization as an unfinished prototype — encourage experimentation and learning by doing.
4.Look for the risks and drawbacks in what people recommend — even the best medicine has side effects.
5.Avoid basing decisions on untested but strongly held beliefs, what you have done in the past, or on uncritical “benchmarking” of what winners do.

Pfeffer’s book is full of examples of using evidence and accepted practices where there is little supportive evidence.  This book with help eliminate bias in making management decisions.

 

buy this book! all leaders should read Pfeffer!

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