We make decisions all the time. It is estimated that we make 10-15 decisions without being aware of it in less than ten minutes. Dr. Jim Loehr and Dr. Sheila Ohlsson Walker discuss with Kevin that decision-making is a process that includes our rational, our emotional, and our intuitive intelligence. It’s important to remember that even small decisions can have an impact. The better decisions we make, the more likely we will grow into the best version of ourselves.

Key Points

  • Dr. Loehr and Dr. Ohlsson Walker discuss the mind-body system. 
  • They talk about YODA – Your Own Decision Advisor and how we can strengthen our code. 
  • They share advice that leaders can use to help their teams make better decisions.

Drs. Loehr and Ohlsson Walker are co-authors of Wise Decisions: Science-Based Approach to Making Better Choices.

Meet Jim 

  • Name: Dr. Jim Loehr 
  • His Story: Jim is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of eighteen books, including The Only Way to Win. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement.
  • Worth Mentioning: Dr. Loehr is well known for his work with top-flight athletes and Olympians. He holds a masters and doctorate in psychology, serves on several scientific boards, is a full member of the American Psychological Association, and has been inducted into three Halls of Fame.

Meet Sheila

Dr. Sheila Ohlsson Walker
  • Name: Dr. Sheila Ohlsson Walker
  • Her Story: Sheila is a behavioral geneticist. She is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth at Tufts University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • Worth Mentioning: Dr. Ohlsson Walker is a former professional tennis player. She earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder, obtained a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and held an investment career as a Portfolio Manager. She then earned a doctorate in Behavioral Genetics from the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London.
We’re complex creatures, and we need to address that. And the most beautiful, the most important capacity we have as human beings is to make a choice. – Dr. Jim Loehr
The more we practice behaviors over time and thought patterns and being aware that we are actually making a decision, the more we are going to be apt to pause and take a step back and really act rather than react. - Dr. Sheila Ohlsson Walker

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