When presented with a tough decision, the way you think through the problem and assess available options is significant. Are these strategies part of your decision making process?
- Define the problem in some manner or other.
- Identify and list decision-critical factors.
- Identify a promising option
- Search until you find an option that is good enough.
- Test the promising option against others
- Ask yourself if that option is no worse than any other
- Structure the dominance of the “to be chosen” option
- Marshal your facts and reasons to support the option you are preparing to choose.
With any of these decision-making patterns, you risk renegotiating the factors, redefining the problem, exaggerating the virtues of our preferred option, or magnifying the defects of all other possible options.
The decision process can becomes flawed we when we move, more or less quickly, through a process that includes sorting through options. By discarding the implausible ones, identifying one or more promising options, evaluating it or them on the basis of our decision-critical criteria, and selecting the option we come to judge to be superior, we may not re-examine our assumptions or question our prior decision even when we should. And we tend to dismiss the counter-evidence unless it is forceful not only in its content but in its psychological impact or if we begin to see the potential for severely adverse consequences.
The challenge is always, how to avoid locking-in decisions prematurely. Fortunately decision skills can be improved through training and practice. Here are some practical Strategies to Avoid Locking in Decisions Prematurely.
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