Thoughtful Decision Making

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on November 12, 2006

Decisions are at the heart of all organizations, and decisions are made by everyone at all levels. Some of these decisions are routine and inconsequential, while others can have a drastic impact on our lives, our work, and the people around us. In this increasingly complex world, the tasks of decision makers are becoming more challenging, perplexing, and just plain nerve-racking.

Research has shown, however, that you can be a better decision maker if you adhere to a structured decision-making process. Some things to consider are:

• What are the options and choices available to me; how might I discover others?

• What are the advantages and disadvantages and short- and long-term effects of the choices I am considering?

• Does this decision allow for appropriate and efficient resource management?

• Who else will be affected by this decision?

• What are the consequences of this decision for me and for others?

• Is this decision consistent with my beliefs and values?

When making a decision, a little attention goes a long way. A good decision is never an accident; it is the result of intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution.

Mallary Tytel
President and Founder
Healthy Workplaces
Sioux Falls, S.D.

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