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Why

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 ‘personal 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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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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Perspective Basics

Feb 20 2013

PerspectivePerspective is a mental shortcut we all have developed from our experience to simplify our understanding of a complex reality. Perspective allows us to use our experience to speed our decision-making process to a conclusion much faster than if we had to evaluate all the inputs from scratch. Consequently, the fact that we have a perspective limits our ability to solve problems because we fail to understand that others may have different experiences and see other perspectives. The more perspectives you can perceive, the more options you have to choose from and the better your chance of making the best decision in that particular situation.

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