When Mike Figliuolo was an Army tank platoon leader, he made a crucial decision during a war-game scenario that led to his company's defeat, but to triumph by his other units. Rather than be paralyzed by doubt, he chose to attack. "I made a bad decision by going left. The choice of direction, however, was not the important decision. The true decision was whether to stop, analyze the map, and then choose a pass -- or to take my best guess as to which pass was the correct one and continue the attack," Figliuolo writes.

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