Steve Haffner began his career as a nerd.
In 1984, with a Computer Science degree in hand, he embarked on a 30 year career as a systems engineer, software developer and systems analyst. In other words - a nerd! He grew into the position of Business Analyst for a Fortune 500 insurance company and became Vice-President of Performance Measurement Systems for a healthcare information corporation.
In 2011, Steve decided to forge a new path and start his own business as a corporate entertainer and speaker. His entertainment featured "mentalism," in which he captivates audiences with psychological illusions.
Through his mentalism study and training, Steve discovered how the subconscious mind affects human behavior without our awareness. Knowing what an audience member's mind is doing that they don't even know is a great advantage for a mentalist!
So Steve began studying the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral science. He learned that while we think our decisions are governed mostly by logic and reason, often they are not. The subconscious impulses, instincts, and biases of our primitive reptilian brain often cause us to make poor decisions and errors in judgment.
Steve became fascinated with this hidden world within our own minds and learned that most of us can improve our decisions, relationships, and lives by understanding these influences. Today he shares his insights on elevating decision performance to organizations through keynotes, seminars and workshops.
Steve with his daughters, Lindsay and Tara.
Decision performance is the degree to which our decisions and actions align with our values and goals. Improving our decision performance begins with recognizing and confronting the hidden deceptions and influences which constantly challenge us.
What does it mean to elevate decision performance?
It means recognizing and cutting through false and irrelevant information and impulses in order to make better decisions.
It means understanding our values and ensuring that what we do aligns with who we are, what we believe, and what we find important.
It means improving our ability to achieve our goals by reducing the impact of counter-productive distractions.
It means becoming more consistent and reliable in our decision making, building trust and improving our relationships.