Decision Making

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development

In my last article, I wrote about two of the common traps decision makers can fall into. In this article, I’d like to share two key questions that must be addressed when making a decision – who should make the decision and who should be in involved in the decision. The answer to the first question is pretty straightforward – generally it’s...

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development

Some very interesting people attended the leadership skills programs I’ve taught. One was Dan, a recently promoted supervisor who’d spent many years in the Navy. In the program, we talked about the value of having discussions with employees regarding work assignments, upcoming changes and decision making. It was critical, I explained, to listen...

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development

Stripped down to its essentials, business is about one thing: making decisions. Therefore, decision making is an important skill of leaders in all levels of an organization. It’s also one of the toughest and riskiest skills. It is a skill that can be sidetracked by a number of psychological traps that can undermine decisions. These traps can even...

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development

No matter what your job or level in your organization, you have to make an unending stream of decisions. Many of them you can easily make on the fly because you have all the information you need and the results of a bad or incorrect decision are minor: •    Would the brown or black shoes go better with this outfit? •    Which task should...