Under Pressure: With Guests Svetlana Savranskaya, Gary Slaughter & Modupe Akinola

If you have actually ever been confronted with an important choice when time was limited, details was incomplete, or tempers were running high, you'll understand that it's hard to make a good option. Now envision a choice that has ramifications for the entire world, and individuals facing that choice are 500 feet listed below the surface of the ocean in a nuclear-armed diesel submarine that is overheating and running out of power.

In this episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman (), we take a look at choices under pressure and how our thinking process is affected by stress.

We begin in the Sargasso Sea (), just off the coast of Florida, in October 1962. It's the height of the Cold War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis () is bringing the U.S. and the Soviet Union closer to open conflict. John F. Kennedy () has actually ordered a marine "quarantine" around Cuba after the discovery of Soviet rocket installations there, and the Soviets have responded by sending a squadron of submarines to the location. Those submarines were ill-equipped for the warm waters around Cuba, and the squadron had little to no contact with Moscow. And they were being hunted by the American navy. It was a recipe for catastrophe.

Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya () tells the story of 2 of the Russian submariners in the fleet, one who demonstrates the threats of making decisions under severe pressure and the other who proves why it's best when cooler heads prevail.

Dr. Savranskaya is director of Russian programs at the National Security Archive () at George Washington University ()..

You'll also hear an American perspective on this hazardous military interaction from a guy who was there. Gary Massacre () functioned as a communications officer on the USS Cony (( DD-508)) throughout the Cuban Rocket Crisis and is the author of Sea Stories: A Narrative of a Naval Officer ().

Next, Dr. Modupe Akinola () joins Katy to talk about the mechanics of decision-making under tension. You'll hear how your tension system prepares you to act but also reduces your ability to believe plainly. Dr. Akinola uses concepts on how to prepare yourself for choices and lessen the unfavorable impacts of stress in her paper "Flourishing Under Pressure ().".

Modupe Akinola is an associate professor of management at Columbia Business School (), director at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership & Ethics (), and host of the TED Company podcast ().

Lastly, Katy presents useful recommendations on being decision-ready and preventing the hot-headed choice.

Choiceology is an original podcast from Charles (). For more on the series, go to .com/podcast ().

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Under Pressure: With Guests Svetlana Savranskaya, Gary Slaughter & Modupe Akinola

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