Wilful Blindness Series Part 2: Bay of Pigs

A person is deemed legally to be wilfully blind by somehow managing not to know something they could or should have known; but why are people ignoring the warning signs? By understanding why it is human nature to turn a blind eye to certain things, we can make better decisions to prevent pitfalls and disasters from occurring.

This series of articles aims to offer insight in to high profile instances of wilful blindness and highlight what can be learnt from them. More articles will be added in the run up to the Imagine Conference taking place on 12 February 2020.

The second in the series focuses on the unsuccessful invasion of Cuba to overthrow the regime of Fidel Castro. We explore the decisions leading up to the invasion and ask how were John F Kennedy and his advisors wilfully blind?

The Bay of Pigs invasion is a spectacular example of how wilful blindness can be amplified by group dynamics and cause even the most brilliant people to make stupid mistakes. How could John F Kennedy and his inner circle be so wilfully blind? What did the Kennedy administration learn from this humiliating failure and how can these lessons help today’s trustees make better decisions?

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