12 Feb 4 Steps to Effective Decision Making
Being a solopreneur or telecommuter has many advantages. But there are also a few disadvantages. One of them is that there is no one in the next office to bounce ideas off of. As the old saying goes “two heads are better than one.” And the more I study group dynamics, the more I KNOW that many heads create best decisions.
But what happens when we are working alone? I see in many of my clients that making decisions often presents road blocks. From a productivity perspective, I don’t think that in this situation rushing to conclusion is the best solution.
To make a good decision, one should:
- Be clear about the problem and what you want to happen
- Gather facts – who, what, where, why, when, etc.
- Develop alternatives – brainstorm, discuss, debate
- Decide on the best solution – considering how it will affect other aspects of the business and analyzing consequences
1,2, and 4 we can do on our own. But who do we brainstorm with? Consider – a mastermind group, an accountability partner, a coach, a consultant, or colleagues from a professional association. I depend on my NAPO colleagues most of the time. When it’s a big decision I often consult an expert or coach. Regardless, I know that ideas spark ideas, and for my decision making to be most effective I can’t do it alone.