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5 Core 'C's of taking great decisions

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 30 August 2012
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Decision Making is one of the critical roles of leaders and managers.

It is also something that is often not done very well, or done for the wrong ‘reasons’.

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Will you risk it?

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
Philip is one of Australia’s leading performance and leadership specialists. He
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on Thursday, 26 April 2012
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I was coaching a client on their approach to decision making. In their risk-averse organisation, decisions were rarely taken, and this was leading to a high level of frustration in my client, who was really keen to get things done.

Taking decisions as a manager or leader involves a certain amount of risk. We can never have all the information. In fact, we take decisions where we cannot know all the information, because the knowledge of the success or failure of the decision we take exists only in the future.

As I worked with this client, I outlined how the process of taking decisions is really about risk and reward. In the human brain, we are more sensitive to avoiding risk than to seeking reward. This makes sense as a survival strategy, but in terms of making quality decisions will often reduce decision making to risk avoidance. In organisations that are ‘defensive’, this need for survival skyrockets and can bring decision making to a stand-still.

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