WIIFM – Why should I master decision management skills?

What’s in it for me?  Why should I expend the effort to master decision management skills?  Here are a few reasons:

  • Career growth: The greater the breadth and depth of decisions that you master, the more valuable you are to any employer.  More money.  Job security.  Some folks can make or assist in only a very narrow set of decisions (e.g. user interface software design or marketing strategies); they are much less valuable than individuals who can cover the whole range of decisions faced by an organization.
  • Better working conditions: You either manage and make decisions, implement the decisions of others or get stuck operating the systems that others create and implement through their decisions.  “Stuff” flows downhill, so being stuck at the bottom means that you get to experience daily the consequences of other folks’ bad decisions.  Not fun.
  • Create the future: Decision create the future and proactively managing your life or business decisions gives you maximum control over your destiny.
  • Create the future: Decision create the future and creativity is fun!
  • Confidence in any situation: Once you master decision management (which includes, but is much more than decision-making) you are a few questions away from being in control of any situation that requires forward-looking thinking.  You get to lead, not because you have a lofty title or talk assertively, but rather because you’re 1, 2, or 10 thinking steps ahead of your peers.
  • Simplify everything: Seeing the decision patterns in any situation and knowing how all information connects to these decisions makes every situation as simple as it can be.  Most of your peers won’t know how decisions connect to risks, requirements, project plans, roadmaps, estimates, models, prototypes or tests; you will with perfect clarity.  There will still be mysteries in life, but they won’t involve decisions.
  • Help others:  The individual who has mastered decision management skills and decision patterns can be more effective as a mentor or counselor to others.
  • Decision speed:  Knowing what questions to ask and data to gather and being able to efficiently process through these inputs will make you a fast, yet high quality decision-maker.
  • Decision quality: Bad decisions close doors; good decisions increase our freedom of action.  Mastering decision skills can’t always guarantee great outcomes from your decisions, but certainly increases your chance of success.
  • Collaboration skills:  Most of the important stuff in life or business takes cooperation with others.  Decision management skills are the key to communicating and collaborating in a way that makes everyone a winner.

Where do you start?  Sign up for a Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) trial today. Please contact the Decision Driven® Solutions team at trial@decisiondriven.com or solutions@decisiondriven.com.

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