The French press is the absolute best way to make a cup of coffee. Do you believe me? It took 25 years to learn that the drip method of brewing coffee is just not as good. I started making french press coffee every morning just six months ago. I’ll do drip if that’s my only option. It’s that good.
I had an idea about brewing cemented by years of drinking only drip coffee and the strong influence of the army, my parents, mass media and other coffee drinkers. My coffee drinking experience was limited by the fact I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t know that French press brewing was superior. I had a decision filter in place that limited me to drip brewing.
In business and life we use filters consciously or subconsciously to make countless decisions each day. Are you aware of your filtering to see what you expect to see in a person or situation?
Researchers have confirmed that we each have a set of beliefs and expectations through which we filter our decisions. Confirmation bias is the technical term for this trait. In simple terms we make decisions through the filter of looking for evidence in others and events that we expect to see. If we believe people are generally reliable we may give someone responsibility for a major project who has no history of handling that level of responsibility. We may look for reasons to make a questionable investment and ignore the financial warning signs.
Executives who filter through preconceived ideas are practicing a form of mind reading without fully knowing the other person or the event. The solution is to be open minded and seek to know all the players and the landscape as fully as possible before making a decision.
- Better Than the Average Joe (qualifiedknowledge.wordpress.com)
- Home Essentials: French Press Coffee Maker (claimingliberty.wordpress.com)
- Ways of Brewing Coffee (quazen.com)
- Milk Brewed Coffee (yesiwantcake.com)