Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Making Good Decisions - Part I

In their book Decisive, Chip and Dan Heath ask the question "Why do we have such a hard time making good choices?" Despite operating in a world increasingly rich with information we all too often find ourselves making poor choices. They have identified "four villains" that negatively impact our decision making.

1. Narrow Framing - We tend to define our options too narrowly. We see and consider only a few of the many potential options available to us.

2. Confirmation Bias - We quickly develop a belief about a situation and then look for data to confirm that bias and ignore evidence to the contrary.

3. Short Term Emotion - Big decisions are often accompanied by intense emotions (that will pass with time) that we allow to skew our perspective.

4. Overconfidence - We live in a society that values decisiveness, independence and self confidence. It's tough to admit when we don't have the requisite knowledge, skills or experience to make a good decision. 

In Part II of this post we'll look at the authors' process for overcoming these barriers to effective decision making.