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Sharpening the Decision Making Process

With the personal and the organisational success dependent on the well-founded decisions, ensuring that the conclusions arrived at are in the right channel requires a conscious effort from the parties involved. Sharpening the decision making process is inevitable for the success of any person, whether an individual or an entity.

The management has to take measures to ensure that the decision taken by the team and the individual turns out to be positive to the attainment of the overall objectives of the firm. Training and team building exercises can help in widening the outlook and attitude of the employees. They should be convinced about their role in the company development through these developmental activities. This can pave way for making many informed decisions.

Steps must be taken to train the individuals take confident decisions, consciously or otherwise, after sizing up the various alternatives open before them. The employees must be educated on the goal that is to be achieved before taking up any alternative. The individual must be capable of recognising and evaluating the various options open before him and utilise the available physical and mental resources to weigh up the impact of these decisions on the objective. The pros and cons of various alternatives must be properly analysed before coming up to a decision. This might force the decision maker to reconsider the viability of finalising the first alternative short listed by him. He must be capable of putting forth his alternative confidently before the other party. He must be open to the suggestions made and weigh the impact of it on the goal. Maintaining his poise is vital and care must be taken not to become emotional if the other opposes one’s decision. Once the decision gets accepted, it requires the conscious effort of the people involved for its successful implementation.

Where two or more parties are involved in a decision making process, many factors influence the final verdict. A good leader must be capable of drawing the various alternatives from his team and scrutinise the pros and cons before reaching into a meaningful conclusion. People must be encouraged to deliver their view point and the reasons for their suggestions. At times, the team members must be requested to point out the negative factors involved in a particular move. The support of the leader and a rational scrutiny helps in sharpening the decision making skills of the employees. The team members must be prompted to make decisions when there is time constraint. It is the task of the leader to identify and encourage the team members affected by decidophobia which is the fear of making wrong decisions, to express their opinions. The support, encouragement and the necessary corrections induce the affected to be more confident in expressing their opinion.

Steps must be taken to broaden the perspective of the team members. They must be motivated to relate and evaluate remotely-related situations to the problem in hand. The success lies in one’s ability to consider every problem as an opportunity to learn, whether the decision made was positive or negative. He must be careful to analyse the cause for the failure of the decisions made by him and try to remedy the situation which again calls for another option to be analysed. Care must be taken to avoid coming into a conclusion when the individual is an aggressive or stressed state of mind. This might inflict the confidence in taking rational decisions. The courage lies in taking responsibility for the decisions made by the individual even if it turns out to be a failure.

Decision making can be subjective or objective depending on the mental make up involved. It is subjective if the decision is the outcome of one’s strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities. Rational decisions make the conclusion objective. The individual must be motivated to mix the gut feeling to the analytical mind to reach into judicious outcomes.

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