Choose or Lose

Jen Lawrence

The ability to make informed, timely decisions is essential to the success of every project and program. If you find yourself hesitating when it comes to making a choice, here are eight steps that can help you be more decisive.

If you don't have a good critical thinking process in place, you may be reluctant to make important decisions on your projects or programs. If you don't have confidence in your methodology, you may look for more data, ask more people, and do more analysis. Here are eight steps to help you make decisions more decisively.

1. Have a clear decision making process. A good thinking process will help you know when you have enough information to move forward. In order to make a good decision you need to gather information to see what is happening, generate some ideas about possible solutions, evaluate what solution best solves your problem, and make sure all of the key stakeholders agree with your choice. Once you have followed these steps, you can feel confident that you have made a good decision and make it.

2. Embrace ambiguity. Many people hate ambiguity and feel that they cannot make a decision until they know exactly what is going on. In business, however, you rarely have absolute certainty: customer demands change, a new competitor enters the market, or there are regulatory shifts. Good decision makers learn to gather the …

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