I’m amazed at the power of a well-framed, clearly-stated decision to shine the light on a murky issue. I’m reminded of Proverbs 20:5, “A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of understanding draws it out.” As long as a decision stays buried within the depths of our heart or hidden in the recesses of our minds, it lies powerless to guide us. We have to first make it visible.
When an issue is first identified, it is often comprised of several poorly framed questions jumbled together. By separating these issues and stating them as independent (or loosely coupled) decisions, you first make them manageable. By stating them explicitly, you make them visible and start a knowledge pull that provides lots of advantages:
- Ability to focus on one decision at a time
- Opportunity for other stakeholders to express their priorities (criteria)
- Invitation to others to provide wise counsel
- Opportunity to build commitment to the answer, accelerating its implementation
The decision patterns available in the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) can help you separate complex issues into visible, ready-to-attack decisions. We’ve done the initial framing for you by stating the decision as a fundamental question that demands an answer or solution. All you have to do is locate your fuzzy issues within this framework and you’re ready to unlock the benefits of a well-framed decision.