Tip #746: How to Make Sure It’s the Right Decision

On November 5, 2018, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #746: How to Make Sure It’s the Right Decision

Passion provides purpose, but data drives decisions.” Andy Dunn

I’ve taught classes in problem solving with a focus on finding the real cause or root of the problem, since the obvious problem is rarely the problem. Depending on the nature of the problem, quality improvement tools, such as the is/is not matrix, 6 whys, ishikawa or cause and effect diagram, and top down flow chart, have been very useful. I’ve also taught classes in decision making, with a focus on different ways for groups to vote on different alternatives. I have not taught classes in how to objectively determine the best alternative solutions prior to that final vote.

Now I find that there are numerous ways to analyze options. … Read the rest

Tip #562: M&M’s And Decision-Making Styles

On March 30, 2015, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #562: M&M’s And Decision-Making Styles

“The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. ” Carl Gustav Jung

I am a chocoholic, so I love two very effective learning activities that involve counting M&M’s. This Tip focuses on the first activity, which uses M&M’s to enable participants to experience the consequences of different leadership decision-making styles. The next Tip will focus on the second activity, which uses M&M’s to experience the process and impact of a work audit.

Assessing Leadership Decision Making Styles

This is an activity that I believe I adapted many years ago from one printed for public use in the Pfeiffer Annuals.

Prior to the class, I fill a glass jar to the top with peanut M&M’s candies from a large bag. … Read the rest