It’s much easier to defer or ignore making small choices than going through with them. This is where the discussion around varying cognitive biases comes in.
There is also a side that says our lack of decision making or inability to do more is a result of not having access to the right tools or the right information OR simply not understanding how to best utilize the tools and info we do have.
In a recent TEDx talk, Nathan Chappell shared how, on average, 2% is the amount given to philanthropic work. That 2% seems to be the ceiling and has held steady for some time despite shifts in economy and income. Nathan made a point to say that a 1% increase would result in approximately $200 billion more.
If we take that same school of thought to how we invest in other people (work colleagues, teams) then we can logically conclude that a small percentage increase would yield far greater benefits and outcomes.
What could an additional incremental investment of your time do for a colleague or project you’re involved with?