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10 great questions for decision making

10 great questions for decision making

  • What’s the story of the problem?
  • Why do we want to solve the problem?
  • What do we know for sure?
  • What are we assuming?
  • What don’t we know?
  • What’s a similar situation?
  • What happens if we do nothing?
  • What’s the goal?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • What’s the first step?

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  • Good decision making starts with getting the facts;
  • It's followed by analyzing the facts;
  • Then you make the decision;
  • And finally, you implement the decision.

This straight-line picture of decision making is pure fantasy....

  • Most of the time, you don’t start with facts. You start with opinions. 
  • Data gathering and analysis and deciding what to do, and doing it all overlap. 
  • Analyzing the situation is still really, really, really important. Asking lots of good questions is the key...

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We are exposed to biases that influence our ability to make good decisions.

  • We are quick to jump to conclusions because we fail to search for information that might disprove our thoughts.
  • We're overconfident. We look for information that fits our ideas and ignore information that ...

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Decision-making rules

Write a clear, objective set of rules to guide future decisions.

It will enable you to make a decision that is detached from the emotion of the moment.

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