Why Did I Make that Dumb Decision? Understanding Common Fallacies of Decision Making and How to Avoid Them

Have you ever made a bad decision? Sometimes it is simply bad luck, but often we make poor choices based on how our brains are wired. In this webinar, participants will discover how the field of Behavioral Economics provides insights into how people actually make decisions. Understanding how our minds work is the first step to making better decisions.

In the webinar, participants will learn:

  • How ideas from Behavioral Economics shapes our decision making process
  • Five major decision making fallacies and how to avoid them
  • Why fear of failure may be the most detrimental fallacy of them all


Doug Crane began his career with the Palm Beach County Library System as a children’s librarian in 1998. He then served as the Electronic Resources Coordinator, a Branch Manager, and the Director of Branch Services. He was appointed Library Director in 2014. Under his direction the System has won awards from the Urban Libraries Council and the Florida Library Association. Doug was named Florida Librarian of the Year in 2021. Doug is the author of the articles, “May I Ask You a Question? Lessons Learned from Interviewing Public Library Leaders,” in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Public Libraries, “Efficient Librarianship – A New Path for the Profession” in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Public Libraries, and “Go For It! Advice From Library Directors” in the May/June 2019 issue of Public Libraries. He is a regular contributor to Learning Exchange, the Newsletter of the Learning Round Table of the American Library Association. In addition to his work in Palm Beach County, Doug served as Past Chair of the State Library Council of Florida and is Past President of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) and has served on several Public Library Association committees. In his spare time, he blogs about office productivity and efficiency practices, admires his collection of Doctor Who sonic screwdrivers, and makes frequent trips with his family to Walt Disney World.


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