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Good decisions can have bad results
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A decision has to be communicated to others, explained well to persuade team members to agree and carried through to successful completion. Simply because part of a project fails doesn't mean that a bad decision was made. I think there is more to a decision than deciding which option to choose.

Which is most difficult for you?Does it vary from decision to decision?
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As per my point view yes it varies from decision to decision. Some time while taking your decion you are well informed and knows all about decision, and in some case you have to take decision but information are not well home.
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Dec 19, 2017 10:59 AM
Anish Abraham
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Thanks Mansoor, for your response
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First, "good" or "bad" are subjective matters. Second, life is simple to understand when people understand that all could be explained by the Newton´s Laws of Universal Movement. PMI has published an article I wrote time ago: projectmanagement.com: https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-pos...zational-change
PMI has published the same article in spanish language too.
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Dec 19, 2017 11:03 AM
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Sergio, thanks for the link to your article.
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The important thing is sharing .. the decision maker should share the decision making with the team if this is applicable. It depends from a decision to another. It is possible to share a decision making when it is to decide if fast track an activity or to apply a new welding methodology but if it comes to replace a team member it might not be wise to share the decision with all or with at least some of the team. What I want to say is, the more you involve others concerned in the decision and the more you subject the decision draft to expert opinion the more you minimize the risk of failure.
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Dec 19, 2017 11:19 AM
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Farid, I agree that the decision needs to be shared, but even if you make the right decision, the difference is how well your team executes the decision. I think the decision maker needs to check in and ensure that the decision is being carried out.
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As per my experience , Good decision should be taken at the right time and at the right place and also correct person should be involved in decision making. otherwise Good decision would be the night mare.
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Dec 19, 2017 11:19 AM
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Thank you Girish, for your feedback on this.
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Anish -

How a decision is made and when a decision is made are two critical elements. As always with the how, situational leadership is important - anywhere in the continuum from autocratic/directive to consensus might be appropriate depending on context.

When really depends on the cost of further delay. If it costs more than the benefits of waiting, then make the decision.

Kiron
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Dec 19, 2017 11:12 AM
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Thanks Kiron, for your insight on this.

Anyway as a project manager I would like to make decisions that challenges me and force to work hard. I think if you never make decisions that you find difficult, and if you are rarely wrong, may be it's time to ask for more responsibility.
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Yes , sometimes good decisions can have bad results. But i would like to call it a right decision or wrong decision as good or bad or too subjective terms and can be deciphered as per convenience of people involved . A decision must be taken when it is required basis the best information and data available . The impact and results of your decision might not be as per expectation as there might be several external factors also impacting the outcome of your decision. So when your decision dont deliver the expected results , dont call it bad but probably correct the expectations seeing the constraints and external factors.
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Dec 19, 2017 11:27 AM
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Irfat, I agree on this. I think we have to look back and clarify why the decision was successful or failure. Was it because we made the right decision or made the decision at the right time?
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While it is easy to think of decisions as a fixed point in time, we have to understand that decisions can, and should, evolve over time as more information and understanding is revealed. As a result, a decision's value can change greatly over it's lifetime.
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2 replies by Anish Abraham and Rami Kaibni
Dec 19, 2017 11:34 AM
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Thanks for your insight on this, Stephane. Yes, decisions can evolve over time. I think the project team should think about how collectively they can capture the knowledge that they missed and apply to the next decisions they have to make.
Dec 20, 2017 7:05 AM
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Agree with you 100%, Stephane.
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Dec 19, 2017 4:29 AM
Replying to Mansoor Mustafa
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As per my point view yes it varies from decision to decision. Some time while taking your decion you are well informed and knows all about decision, and in some case you have to take decision but information are not well home.
Thanks Mansoor, for your response
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Dec 19, 2017 5:16 AM
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First, "good" or "bad" are subjective matters. Second, life is simple to understand when people understand that all could be explained by the Newton´s Laws of Universal Movement. PMI has published an article I wrote time ago: projectmanagement.com: https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-pos...zational-change
PMI has published the same article in spanish language too.
Sergio, thanks for the link to your article.
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Dec 19, 2017 8:21 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Anish -

How a decision is made and when a decision is made are two critical elements. As always with the how, situational leadership is important - anywhere in the continuum from autocratic/directive to consensus might be appropriate depending on context.

When really depends on the cost of further delay. If it costs more than the benefits of waiting, then make the decision.

Kiron
Thanks Kiron, for your insight on this.

Anyway as a project manager I would like to make decisions that challenges me and force to work hard. I think if you never make decisions that you find difficult, and if you are rarely wrong, may be it's time to ask for more responsibility.
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