The Toughest Decisions

Published Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:26 PM

Turn on any news channel and the buzz is about a recent series of tough decisions capturing headlines: from Obama's decision to attack Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout to the President's refusal to make public the photographs of the deceased terrorist. 

Most of us will never to grapple with decisions of this magnitude. But tough calls are made every day in business, from boardrooms to cubes. Are your decision-making skills up to par?

Refresher Course

Decision-making is a daily skill, from small choices-what's for lunch?-to bigger questions-who to hire for a key role? In our past post Decision-Making 101 we walk readers through the basics. For readers in search of a refresher, we also like the article The Fine Art of Decision-Making:7 Tips for Getting Decisions Made Easier  for concrete tips on getting you from a question to answer.

Extra Credit

Sometimes the basics just won't get the job done. You can walk through decision-making trees for days but often the most daunting calls require a gut check. Read Making the Tough Call for more on reconciling your values with your decisions and How to Make Tough Decisions in Eight Steps. 

Finally, we leave you with a wonderful piece that uses golf analogies to decode how effective decisions are often made. It's worth a read even if you can't tell a nine-iron from a driver: Three Steps to Making Better Decisions. 

What is the toughest work decision you've had to make? What tools help move you from question to answer? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.

by Bradley Eggers


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