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Decision-Making today builds on research showing that decisions fail half of the time. In business, the top casualties of a poor decision-making process are reputation, long-term growth, employee morale, productivity, revenue and profitability. Our goal is to promote more effective, ethical decision making.

Posts Tagged ‘critical decision making’

Quit Problem Solving

Jun 24 2013

Create Your Future“Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” is a great book that explains to men why they need to quit problem solving with their wives. Up until I read the book, I had always taken pride in my ability to solve problems. The lesson that I learned from the book was to listen to my wife and quit problem solving. It works especially well.

That revelation caused me rethink my problem solving approach to life. It dawned on me that most of us look at decisions as problems to be solved. How many of you have ever been in the situation where your boss came to you and said, ” We have a problem.” How did it make you feel? Were you excited, inspired, creative? I don’t think so. Problems are not something we go looking for.

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Find Opportunities, not Problems

Apr 08 2013



As I continue to study critical decision making, I have come to believe that we must find opportunities for improvement, not problems to be solved. Part of the reason for this is that we have all been trained to look at decisions as problems to be solved.

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Six Sigma Revisited

Mar 28 2013

Six Sigma Decision-Making


Six Sigma Revisited is an update on Six Sigma decision-making and more specifically an article I wrote several years ago entitled One Sigma Decision in a Six Sigma World. In the original article, I pointed out that fact that Six Sigma is a series of tools and strategies for process improvement that strives for output that is 99.99926% defect free. Decision-Making is a business process that Paul C. Nutt in his book, “Why Decisions Fail” reports, “For more than twenty years I have been studying how decisions are made, writing about what works, what doesn’t and why. The key finding is startling – decisions fail half of the time.”

Hmmmmm, 50% vs 99.99926%. Seems like a lot of room for process improvement.Maybe Six Sigma Decision-Making would be something to strive for.

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