In his new book, Workarounds that Work, Russell Bishop writes about the difficulty managers have making decisions and how detrimental it can be to their organizations. One of the reasons he offers for the difficulty lies in the very nature of what it means to decide.
The suffix of decide (“cide”) means to kill (suicide, homicide, insecticide, etc). When we decide, we actually kill off other options. Bishop advocates “choosing” over deciding. Choosing invokes freedom, and doesn’t necessarily force the attribution of right or wrong on possible solutions.
Thoughts Joe and Wanda?
Joe: I’ve decided our moderator is a nut-job and choose not to answer the question.
Wanda: Interesting distinction. I think the way we frame things can make a difference. Focusing on the best ways to achieve desired outcomes versus knocking off ideas until the last one is standing seems like an effective approach.
Here’s an article that offers up an approach called, the “Rational Decision-Making Method.”
Is the Rational Decision-Making Method Right for Your Organization?