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May 29, 2015 7:00 AM EDT

In A Scandal in Bohemia, Sherlock Holmes teaches Watson the difference between seeing and observing:

The difference between seeing and observing is fundamental to many aspects of life. Indeed, we can learn a lot from how Sherlock Holmes thinks. Noticing is even something that Nassim Taleb has chimed in on with Noise and Signal.

In the video below, Harvard Business School Professor Max Bazerman, author of The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See, discusses how important it is not just to be able to focus, but to be a good noticer as well. What he’s really talking about is observation.

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Follow your curiosity and learn about why your decision making environment matters.

This piece originally appeared on Farnam Street.

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