How well do you solve complex problems?
What decision making tools do you use?
It’s impossible to make anything foolproof, because fools are so very ingenious.
In real life, there are countless problems waiting for you to resolve. It’s about making choices that range from the mundane to the life changing. The most important first step is to accurately identify the real problem, rather than the symptom of the problem. Then you’ll gather all the facts and make any needed assumptions. Now, you’ll list all your possible solutions by Brainstorming. You’ll now need to test your possible solutions using Screening and Evaluative Criteria. Then you’ll select (Decision Making) the BEST solution among competing alternatives, but you’re not done yet. You still need to create your Plan of Action (POA), implement your Plan of Action (POA), and then assess process and results. Sounds easy, but it’s not.
Most people make serious decisions based on their emotions or a gut feeling. This normally turns out to be a mistake – especially when they begin to see and live with the results.
What are the Most Effective Decision Making Tools?
“An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgments simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.”
– Edward de Bono
In addition to the Problem Solving Process, collaboration and consensus building, here is one of the six most effective Decision Making tools to help you make the BEST decision. Remember, these tools will not decide for you.
Leaders decide, Followers recommend!
Use a DECISION PAPER:
If you need additional resources you don’t have (like people, money, or facilities) to solve a problem, you’ll need your Leader’s approval before moving forward. To help your Leader (or his Leader) decide, prepare a Decision Paper.
A Decision Paper is an expedient format used to obtain a decision from a Decision Maker to move your project forward.
A Decision Paper is a document that helps a Decision Maker make BETTER Decisions and to help you move your work forward.
Here’s a Format for a Decision Paper.
Subject: Briefly state the subject.
Problem: State the problem, issue, short-fall, unknowns, question, or obstacle, in one sentence.
Recommendation: Clearly state what you recommend as the solution.
Discussion: Your discussion explains why you’re recommending this solution by addressing the following:
- List all the solutions you considered
- List the advantages/disadvantages of each
- List any opposing views from Key Players during Staffing a Document
- State why you selected this solution among other options
- State the cost and who should pay
- State how long this problem will take to fix and when it should be started
- State how long we have before this problem becomes a crisis
- State any 2d and 3d Order Effects or Unintended Consequences
Ensure this document is staffed through all Key Players and that their comments are attached to this document. The base document is no more than two pages, with supporting documents summarized and added as appendices.
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Chapter 2: Problem Solving Process
Chapter 3: Preventing Problems
Chapter 4: Correcting Problems
Chapter 5: Making Better Decisions
Chapter 6: Decision Making Tools
Chapter 7: Obstacles to Decision Making
Chapter 8: Solving an Actual Problem
Chapter 9: Advanced Problem Solving with VUCA
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