DON’T ACCEPT FREE DRINKS – Reciprocity

Many NGOs, philanthropic institutions give us a gift and welcome us. After that when they feel that we have fallen under the softcore for them due to gift, they ask for the donation. Reciprocity is a very useful survival strategy, a form of risk management.

It is at the core of cooperation between people who are not related to each other and a necessary ingredient for economic growth and wealth creation. Reciprocity rule said that we try to repay what we get from someone. At last, we all are social animals. And when we give something to someone, we expect something in return. This is how our social life has been designed. This bias is so strong that by this, we can influence thinking and decision making of other people.

Business – This method is best used by marketing fellow who comes to us with some exciting advice free of cost and in return, we will buy what they are selling. When sales personnel put lots of efforts on us then we try to buy something from them. When any company keeps taking care of their customers such as sending wishes on their birthday, anniversary, sending gifts, etc. then those happy customers will buy services from that company on a repeated basis.

Investment – when we like the products or services of a particular company, we try to put our money into it. It is a good decision at some extend but without digging in detail putting money is an unwise decision.

Many a time, our advisors also get some benefits from the company or they like the products or services of the company so that they issue buy recommendations. Opposite of it that sometimes, any unsatisfied with the product or service of any company to any of our advisors then they might start advising to stay away from that company to put money.

We should not blindly follow anyone rather doing their homework. For overcoming this bias, we need to give us a time, we need to dig deeper on each aspect of the company. We need to write down a thesis which contains the opposite side of our decision. It’s difficult to kill your idea but its necessary.

One of the power generation and transmission business – very lower return to no return in the last 14 years

One of the telecom company of India- also low return in the last 14 years

Dialogue from Mr Salman Khan best suitable to this bias – Do me a favour, that doesn’t do me any favours. (Idea taken from SafalNiveshak)

Disclosure – Companies mentioned in the article are just for an example & educational purpose. It is not a buy/sell/ hold recommendation.

This entire series will be review with various examples from books which are Thinking, Fast and Slow and The Art of Thinking Clearly.

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