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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 ‘making business decisions’

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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Think Positive

Jun 06 2013

Think PositiveThink positive, because when you are feeling down is not the best time to make decisions. It is very hard to develop positive options when your attitude is negative, so if you must make a decision, it only makes sense to turn your attitude to positive first. The following is helpful to me and may be beneficial to you if you are in a similar situation.

When we think: “It’s impossible.”

Remember: “All things are possible.” (Luke 18:27)

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Stuff Happens

Apr 16 2013

Stuff Happens


Even if you have considered every possibility, you still don’t know what you don’t know and consequently, Stuff Happens! More specifically, there is always luck, imperfect knowledge and, of course, unintended consequences. These factors can foil the best intentions at the time of the decision.

The good news is that whether it is personal decision making or making business decisions, decisions are windows to opportunity and can be reopened and closed as often as necessary. In other words, even if stuff happens, decisions can be changed. Don’t ever lock yourself into a decision. Always be aware of new information that may indicate a better decision.

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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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Options, Choices, and Results

Mar 21 2013

Decision-makingOptions, Choices, and Results is the sequence by which we all make decisions. The more options you have the greater the likelihood of making a good choice and achieving positive results. The following will help explain the importance of decision making. It is a quick listing of ways that decision-making and options, choices and results affect us every day.

Leadership is helping people decide to change.

Change comes when people decide to do things differently.

Motivation or Performance Management is helping people decide to be more productive.

Accountability comes from people deciding to take ownership.

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