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Sunday, November 25, 2012

MAKING THE "RIGHT" DECISION

The following comes from "Finding the Winning Edge" by Bill Walsh.  It is one of the absolute best coaching resources in my library.

"One of the main attributes a leader must have is the ability to
discriminate from what is often contradictory information. 
In this matter, it takes a thorough understanding of the situation
and of the sources of information to act effectively."
-Carl von Clausewitz

Decision making involves more risk and responsibility than any other managerial activity.  The work of problem analysis and evaluation can be delegated to others in the organization, but the responsibility for decision making is ultimately assigned to one individual.  Choosing among various alternatives often demands courage and moral judgement, as well as intelligence. 

Effective decision making is vital to the growth of any organization.

Toward that end, there is a series of questions that you should address when making a decision, including:

What difference does it make what course of action you decide to adopt?

Do you have sufficient information to fully analyze the issue/matter under consideration?
  If you are lacking essential information, do you know how to get it?   How critical to implementing your decision is its acceptance by those who will be affected by it?   To what degree does the commitment of others to your decision depend on their active participation in the decision-making process?   Is everyone affected by your decision in general agreement with its basic objective(s) (i.e. no one has a "secret" agenda concerning your decision)?   To what degree will those who will be affected by your decision disagree over possible alternative solutions?   Do the individuals involved in your decision have the capability to implement the decision as planned?