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Making a business decision by flipping a coin

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There's a reason they have two sides

Making a business decision by flipping a coin seems dangerously dumb, but entrepreneur Seth Godin argues sometimes it's the correct move. In 1986, when considering pricing for a brand of software his company was launching, they had no data, no history, and no graphs, so after an hour discussion the folks in the room - several with prestigious MBAs - did the only intelligent thing they could: Flip a coin to choose. "When there isn't enough data, when there can't be enough data, insist on the flip," he urges. Seth's blog

Nothing ever takes just a few minutes

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Have confidence to disagree but do it wisely

When interviewing job candidates, David Kelley, founder of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based creativity house Ideo, looks for those who are confident enough to disagree with him. At the same time, he wants them to be questioning whether they are right or wrong and whether there is a better solution than what they are advancing. In short, he wants a balance between confidence and questioning.

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