Why Nassim Taleb Thinks Leaders Make Poor Decisions

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Why do experts, CEOs, politicians, and other apparently highly capable people make such terrible decisions so often? Is it because they’re ill-intentioned? Or because, despite appearances, they’re actually stupid? Nassim Nicholas Taleb, philosopher, businessman, perpetual troublemaker, and author of, among other works, the groundbreaking Fooled by Randomness, says it’s neither.

It’s because these authorities face the wrong incentives.

They are rewarded according to whether they look good to their superiors, not according to whether they are effective. They have no skin in the game.

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