We recently asked Phil Slade to share his thoughts on better decision making.

Phil Slade, psychologist, behavioural economist, author, keynote speaker and generally inspiring visionary is the founding partner of Decida. Phil and his lovely wife of more than 20 years are the proud parents of two amazing young men. Phil is at his best when he is making music, enjoying fine wine or scotch or striving to make the world a better place through better decisions.

What is your favourite, or most used, inspirational quote?

I have so many that I love – that is why I put them throughout the 10 Minute Journal. But the two that I have used most recently are “Holding on to unforgiveness is like drinking poison, and then expecting the other person to get sick”, and “The most important thing is what you are about to do next”.

What does great decision making look and feel like for you?

For me it is making a values aligned decision, that benefits your health, your resources and your family.

When was a time you were at your decision making best?

Usually anytime before 10am.

Who inspires you? Why?

Winston Churchill, because for me he was the very epitome of resilience. My sons, because they continue to surprise me and teach me things about humanity everyday. Malcolm Gladwell, one of the best story-tellers alive today. The Chinese couple who own the coffee shop just down the road – they are the picture of hard work and focus, up at 4am everyday. Jordan Peterson, because of the way he thinks through messy issues with a clarity of logic and thinking that is both confronting and challenging. Bono – fallible, honest, heart-on-your-sleeve, focused, walks with grace and faith driven. 

What advice would you give to someone wanting to be a better decision maker?

Make your next decision better than your last.

What are you reading/watching at the moment?

Never split the difference – negotiating as if your life depends on it, by Chris Voss.

What is the most effective strategy you use for keeping your Ape (your emotional reactive state) in check?

In the moment, think to myself “Am I responding, or reacting”.

What type of decision maker are you?

Questioning Activist.

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