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#162 Don’t Trust Your Gut for Career Decisions with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

“The most important thing I would tell my younger self is to become much more aware of my emotions and how they drive me to make the decisions I do. Having much greater emotional awareness would have been incredibly helpful for me in avoiding many bad decisions that I made at the time. Emotional awareness is so important.”

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky has dedicated his professional life to helping others overcome cognitive biases and make better decisions. In this episode, Darren and Dr. Gleb discuss ways MBA applicants can make better decisions when it comes to business school and their careers.


  • Why Dr. Gleb has dedicated two decades of his life to overcoming cognitive biases with decision making (3:00)
  • Autopilot vs. Intentional decision making (7:45)
  • When our gut serves us in career decisions (14:30)
  • Best practices for overcoming our cognitive biases (20:48)
  • Common biases when making career decisions (27:17)
  • How important are rankings? (33:33)
  • Five questions to avoid decision disasters (37:07)
  • Navigating emotions and decision making (43:48)

About Our Guest

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is on a mission to protect leaders from dangerous judgment errors known as cognitive biases by developing the most effective decision making strategies. He has over two decades of consulting, coaching, and training experience as CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts, and over 15 years of experience in academia as a cognitive neuroscientist and behavioral economist. Dr. Tsipursky has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Time, Scientific American, Fast Company, and Psychology Today. His new book is called Never Go with Your Gut: How How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters.

Dr. Gleb earned his PhD in the History of Behavioral Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011.

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