7 Steps in Decision Making: from Identification to Implementation

1 Identify a problem or opportunity

The first step is to recognise a problem or to see opportunities that may be worthwhile.

How worthwhile will it be to solve this problem or realise this opportunity?

2 Gather information

What is relevant and what is not relevant to the decision?

What do you need to know before you can make a decision, or that will help you make the right one?

Who knows, who can help, who has the power and influence to make this happen (or to stop it)?

3 Analyze the situation

What alternative courses of action may be available to you?

What different interpretations of the data may be possible?

4 Develop options

Generate several possible options.

Be creative and positive.

Ask “what if” questions.

How would you like your situation to be?

5 Evaluate alternatives

What criteria should you use to evaluate?

Evaluate for feasibility, acceptability and desirability.

Which alternative will best achieve your objectives?

6 Select a preferred alternative

Explore the provisional preferred alternative for future possible adverse consequences.

What problems might it create?

What are the risks of making this decision?

7 Act on the decision

Put a plan in place to implement the decision.

Have you allocated resources to implement?

Is the decision accepted and supported by colleagues?

Are they committed to making the decision work?

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Author: chrisfranskin