In Decision Making, Context is King

Before identifying options / solutions, first ensure a shared understanding of your objectives.

The scope of the decision should be determined within the context of your organisational objectives.

Identify your stakeholders (both internal and external) in relation to the scope of this decision and consider their concerns, issues and expectations.

Core to the scope will be to set agreed criteria against which the options / potential solutions will be assessed.

It is important to establish agreement on which criteria are more important than others by attributing a weight to them using a scale of zero to +/- ten.

The attributed scores of each option against each of the criteria applies a scale of zero to ten.

Quantitative vs Qualitative

It is too simplistic to dismiss an approach which uses numbers. They can stimulate quantitative considerations.

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Author: John Salter Consulting Services

John Salter - owner of John Salter Consulting Services - specialising in the facilitation of risk-based capability reviews; needs-based training; business continuity planning; crisis management exercises; and organisational debriefing. Recognised for “preventing disasters, or where that is not possible, reducing the potential for harm” Ref: Barrister H Selby, Inquest Handbook, 1998. Distracted by golf, camping, fishing, reading, red wine, movies and theatre.

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