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September 8, 2011

Quick Questions for Weighing Options

An important part of the decision-making process is the ability to evaluate options. Here are some quick questions you can use to help you choose among different possibilities. 

  1. How well does each option meet your objectives?
  2. What are the consequences of each option? Look at both short- and long-term outcomes.
  3. How does each option affect other people and departments?
  4. What are the trade-offs of each option? Clearly understand what can be gained or lost with each.
  5. What are the risks of each? Understand the worst-case scenario. Can risks be mitigated?
  6. What immediate and long-term resources are needed? Consider time, money, staff, equipment, etc. 
  7. What is the likelihood of success for each option?
  8. Is there support or opposition for any of the options?
  9. Does the option expand or narrow future possibilities?

 By taking time to answer these questions, you will be more skillful in making a better decision.

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