Quick-Thinking Circles

By David Ryback, Ph.D.

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book, Blink, teaches us about how quickly decisions are made by those who are good at what they do, whether experts at art or sports or business.  “Thin slicing” is the term he uses to depict how little information such experts use to make their astute decisions.  The best of them waste little time thinking about the unnecessary.  When they’re trucking on all cylinders, their minds are powerhouses of instant decision-making—every thought a blink.  In his book, Strangers to Ourselves, Timothy D. Wilson writes of “the adaptive unconscious,” which “does an excellent job of sizing up the world … setting goals, and initiating action in a sophisticated and efficient manner.”

What a great description of the minds of those in successful core groups!  At their best, core groups are made up of personalities that complement one another.  The best core groups operate on this basis of “blink,” complementary personalities, unreserved honesty and clarity in making quick decisions and, finally, deep commitment to the desired outcome.


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