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Many times, it is rather obvious why bad business decisions are made. Other times, it seems like a mystery to outsiders. However, one of the most viable venues to explore the reasons for bad, ineffective, or simply wrong decisions is to examine the business habits of executives.

It is beyond this short entry to examine all possible subcategories of bad executive habits. However, one of the rather most common and virtually universal issues is reading habits, which will be the main emphasis of this entry.

Though not a scientific statement, it is easy to see the basis of a decision relating to executive experiences; however, it is substantially more difficult to establish a connection between recent readings and the current decision-making process. We have seen and heard anecdotal evidence which implies a correlation between recent readings and current decision-making.

Let’s examine this concept:  is it logical to infer that a recent piece of literature may have a conscious or unconscious impact on the reader? Could it be that the way such readings are selected is also illustrative of the readers’ preferences? Is it acceptable to assume that such factors may impact the decision-making process and the outcome?

Certainly, it is not farfetched to assume that current events, including reading habits, may have a short or long-term impact on a decision-maker. It would be interesting to back such a hypothesis with a field study; however, considering the deductive reasoning, it is safe to imply that such assumptions may not be baseless.

The essential of good or bad decisions, which is ultimately a question of situational impact and organizational capabilities, cannot and should not be simplified. Yet the exploration of subcategories of impact may prove equally difficult in establishing a universal SOP. Hence leading to an assumptive conclusion that although a universal statement about the impact of reading habits of executives about their respective decision-making processes may not be viable without scientific data, yet may illustrate a good starting point.

In the coming days and weeks, we will start exploring other issues such as topics of the reading material, the frequency of readings, venue, and many more related issues.

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