A well-defined decision-making process is a key to ensuring the right choices are made. It keeps all stakeholders informed, helps them have a voice in decisions, and makes sure things get done. A good process enables all stakeholders to work together for the best results.
The 7 Steps of Decision Making
Today’s decision-making process is more complex than ever. Faced with the option of multiple outcomes, there are more options to choose from, which can make it difficult to narrow down your choices. Here are the top tips on how to make better decisions.
1. Determine the Decision:
First, decide what you want to achieve, and then analyze how it can be done. You will always have many choices but only a few of them are right for the situation at hand. Next, narrow down your options by flip coin and ensure you’re making the best choice for everyone involved, or else don’t make a decision at all.
All brains involved in the situation should be kept informed about what is happening and how it’s going to play out as often as possible, whether email or attending meetings with your team members or passing on the information verbally to ensure everyone understands why these changes are happening.
3. Identify Options & Evaluate Them:
Look at the options and consider what is likely to work for you, however, don’t stress or go into panic mode; if it doesn’t feel right there’s probably no need – save everyone any pain by making saves now rather than the next day.
Sometimes you can’t make a decision or choose between options, this is where experience and knowledge will come into play then gather all the players together to discuss what needs doing now – if no one knows how to fix it, explain clearly why the situation remains the same, don’t leave anyone guessing.
This involves this part of your new process – ensure all parties are informed and involved in how they’re working to achieve the goals you’ve set out before any move is made with no one held accountable for failures or successes without all the relevant information.
Make sure any changes are proven through testing and making sure your business continues to run as successfully as it started – there’s no point canceling meetings with various departments and people if you’re not really seeing progress, last-minute tasks will just delay the process.
Now is not the time to rest on your laurels, only by reflecting on how changes have played out will you make an informed decision on what direction to take at this stage. By reacting now rather than thinking about it “tomorrow” chances are you’ll be caught up in organizational battles to close up the book on, causing more issues that aren’t being proactively dealt with.
As you can see, there are many factors to consider when choosing a decision. We hope that this blog has helped you understand what to look for in a decision and how to decide which is the best fit for you. We hope you enjoyed this blog post and that it was helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comments below.