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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.


Look Before You Decide

We spend much of our day solving problems and making decisions. Often, we do this by reacting to a situation when we’re on deadline, stressed and short for time. This is often where people struggle. They react to what they think the problem is. Instead, try to understand if there is a problem in the first place! Change your approach and become more proactive by answering the following questions:

  • What makes you think there is a problem? Describe what you think the problem is.
  • Where is it happening? Is it isolated to certain people or areas? Is it pervasive?
  • When is it happening? Does it seem to arise at intervals or at certain times?
  • With whom is it happening? Does the problem arise from a conflict between personalities? Work styles? Does it seem to center around one person or department?
  • Why is it happening? What might be the contributing factors to this problem? The environment? Lack of training or preparedness? Differences among team members?

Describe the problem using a gap analysis. Describe what is happening, then describe what you want to happen. The difference is the gap that needs to be addressed with a plan to get from where you are now to where you want to go.