COVID has demonstrated clearly that businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and governments are terrible at dealing effectively with largescale disasters that take the form of slowmoving trainwrecks Using cuttingedge research in cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics on dangerous judgement errors cognitive biases, this book first explains why we respond so poorly to slowmoving, highimpact, and longterm crises Next, the book shares researchbased strategies for how organizations and individuals can adapt effectively to the new abnormal of the COVID pandemic and similar disasters Finally, it shows how to develop an effective strategic plan and make the best major decisions in the context of the uncertainty and ambiguity brought about by COVID and other slowmoving largescale catastrophes Gleb Tsipursky combines researchbased strategies with reallife stories from his business and nonprofit clients as they adapt to the pandemic The Resilience Series is the result of an intensive, collaborative effort of our authors in response to thecoronavirus epidemic Each volume offers expert advice for developing the practical, emotional and spiritual skills that you can master to become resilient in a time of crisis The new COVID19 emergency has caused all levels of society governments, businesses, families, and individuals to confront problems with which few people living have had practical experience In this environment, it’s crucially important to understand what is real and what isn’t, to evaluate our priorities and goals in a rational way, and to act reasonably in response Dr Gleb Tsipursky, PhD, an expert in behavioral science (and, full disclosure, a friend of mine), has just published a new book, Resilience: Adapt and Plan for the New Abnormal of the COVID19 Coronavirus Pandemic, which provides much practical guidance in thinking through these issues Like other books he’s recently published on decisionmaking in business and personal relationships (Never Go With Your Gut and The Blindspots Between Us), Adapt and Plan considers the coronavirus emergency from the perspective of our cognitive biases, which may lead us to misunderstand or react disadvantageously to the risks of COVID19 These cognitive biases are patterns of thinking we’ve inherited from our ancestors which may have served them well in their simpler prehistoric environment, but often lead us astray in ourcomplex modern world For example, the normalcy bias may lead us to expect that life will return to normal relatively soon, and blind us to thinking how the pandemic may structurally alter our society for some time to come Gleb’s purpose in writing this book is to alert the general public to these fallacies in our thinking, and to develop techniques to counteract them.A relatively quick read of about 100 pages, written in a conversational style, with many examples taken from current headlines, Adapt and Plan is a useful guide to understand how we are thinking through the multifaceted aspects of the pandemic There are no simple answers to this crisis, and no solutions that will make all completely happy From decisionmakers in the highest levels of government and business to those of us living our anonymous daily lives, we’re all grappling with questions of how to do what seems right, and for whom Adapt and Plan is a helpful contribution to a conversation that our society will be having for years. [I received an electronic Advance Reader’s Copy in exchange for an honest review.]You could be excused for thinking that a book about preparing for the Corona virus pandemic is perhaps a bit out of date, but back in March you might have been excused for thinking that everything would be back to normal in two weeks Tsipursky makes a convincing case that the COVID19 plague will be effecting us in meaningful ways for at least fiveyears And even with all the disruption it has caused so far, few of us (from what I can tell) have given much serious thought to how things will continue to be different next month, let alone next year So a book about preparing about what is yet to come is not so ridiculous as it may at first appear Tsipursky offers advise for individual and families on the one hand and for companies and organizations on the other The counsels he offers will prove to be helpful not only for the current situation, but for all the longterm crises that the future will bring He begins with what I consider the most important subject: the maladaptive ways our minds misprocess information and cause us to do dumb things that just don't help us or anybody He goes on to talk about specific approaches that families and companies can take to make sure that they are planning for reality, not for an optimistic misguided fantasy future The chapter on thought fallacies is instructive and wise I had to stop reading and hit myself when he explained about Anchoring, which is our tendency to treat the first things we learn as of permanent truth and importance, and not notice when new information comes out I realized how I had done that very thing with the news of the novel corona virus; several weeks after the news began I realized that my thinking on the subject was already severely out of date, as I had been quietly and unintentionally ignoring news that significantly expanded or contradicted something I had already accepted as truth [The realization of my own fallacious thinking made me wish there were a service that would, for example, send you an email after something important has been in the news for a while and tell you about a particular fallacy you may be committing yourself For example, Weeks ago you heard that this disease is isolated Have you really noticed that that is no longer true? Are you keeping up with reality or are you anchoring?] His advise for business is not of any particular interest to me and I will not comment on it, but his suggestions for persons and families is crucial for everybody He gives brief but important counsel about the need to prepare adequate for such human needs as safety (ignore that wimpy two weeks advise you heard at the beginning of this particular crisis), connection, and exploration I was especially impress that he mentions the need for love, which he defines as doing good for others during a pandemic or other longterm emergency I am glad I read this book It will help me prepare better for the next year of this crisis, and for whatever else my future holds. This new book from Dr Gleb is a great read specially nowadays that a pandemic is happening in every nation This is a very nice book to read because it talks about how to deal when a pandemic is happening It helped me realize all the wrong decisions and wrong thing I am doing during this pandemic.I am guilty of the cognitive bias called Hyperbolic Discounting I have been living for a moment and not thinking much of our future Have I read this book earlier I would have savedor invested for our future I realized that thinking ahead and saving money for the future and buying good health insurance for our family is very important to have This book made me realized the importance of being ready for the future.I also learned in this book that planning is good, but planning with thinking of potential risks and problem is much better to avoid cognitive bias known as the planning fallacy The plan never always go our way, so from now on, I will becareful with my decisions and plans and always think ahead Thanks to this book, I learned a lot I hope this book will reach a lot of people and leaders of any organization for them to read because this has been very helpful and informative. In Resilience: Adapt and Plan for the New Abnormal of the COVID19 Coronavirus Pandemic, a relatively quick read at less than 100 pages, Dr Gleb Tsipursky addresses questions many of us have been thinking including: * Why did ‘we’/‘they’ delay making the decisions necessary to minimize the impact of this threat? * What can we do from here so we don’t repeat this the next time there's a crisis?* As a business, how can we make this work to our advantage?His concise explanation of the behavioral science why ‘we’ make the decisions we do when we do (spoiler alert: survival) known as cognitive biases followed by personal, professional, and organizational examples, bring the concepts to life and provide clear guidance on how to include them consciously in planning for the future in this “New Abnormal”.A highlevel guide, it’s also detailed enough for business owners and leaders to use as a roadmap in figuring out how to survive and thrive Additionally, it provides a sufficiently detailed framework for a facilitator to use in helping any business work through a biasconscious planning process In the last chapter, “8 Steps to Making the Best Major Decisions” and the accompanying case study is an excellent and relatively detailed walkthrough illustrating the concepts and recommended actions, bringing them to life in a relatable, digestible way.In the “no such thing as perfect” department, there were a few distractions; not sufficient to disregard the content but certainly enough to disrupt the read Most concerning in our highly polarized political world, and with significant potential to alienate some (many?) readers, is the seemingly judgmental word choice made in a number of places Another distraction occurs in the Introduction While many don’t read it, if you are one who does, know you will get a hearty dose of About the Author If you need or want to validate credentials, this is good; otherwise, it feels selfcongratulatory Finally, the plugs for his other books (publisher requested or added perhaps) and his consulting business seem excessive Some reference makes sense but the frequency of mentions gives the impression that this book is primarily a marketing tool, which feels disingenuous Overall, this is a great introduction to cognitive biases, their affect, and how to put practices in place to address them Notwithstanding the few flaws, it'sthan worth its price!