Decision patterns: thoughts from the bleeding edge

Rather than writing a well-formed teaching topic, today I share some less-structured thoughts on what the world looks like from the bleeding edge of decision patterns.

  • Where have all the early adopters gone?  Everyone seems to be playing it very safe on the job right now; they have a very short-term (quarterly budget or get through the week) focus.
  • Hidden costs are really well hidden.  The hidden costs of inefficient thinking (poorly framed and made decisions, misalignment across multiple decisions, failure to build a long-term roadmap, duplicate effort in one-of-a-kind product designs, re-starting every decision from scratch, etc.) are extremely high, but because these costs aren’t accounted for, no one really cares.  A 10% – 50% improvement in thinking efficiency/effectiveness per individual, multiplied across a team, translates into immense benefits, but no one is counting.
  • The current paradigm seems to be “Hire a hero to solve it” even though this doesn’t work well for a systemic lack of capability across an organization.  I can only assume that the huge hype, expenditures and meager results from 2 decades of process initiatives (TQM, Baldridge, balanced scorecards, six sigma, stage-gate, whatever) have caused folks to give up on a better process/methods engine as being central to their solution.   In this environment, a potential disruptive game-changer such as decision patterns has to fight for air.
  • There is yet a stubborn focus on documents as work products, rather than the thinking (decisions) they contain.  Document templates, populated with unstructured paragraph prose, are king because of lazy inertia, not any rational reason.  Knowledge workers still mostly push paper.  Job design for knowledge workers still follows an industrial model.
  • In general, people think of their thinking abilities as a birthright, not a learnable skill that can be made 10X or 100X better.  Mediocre thinkers (relative to what they could be) are amazingly smug; probably because no one has really challenged them to aim much, much higher.
  • Lifelong innovation isn’t really that popular; most folks would rather take the path of least resistance, not make waves.  Evangelical believers should be the most innovative folks on earth (backstopped by the grace of God and indwelt by the Creator’s Spirit), but most of them are just filling dumbed-down roles in mega-churches, not attempting great never-done tasks or thinking original never-thought thoughts.

I remain convinced that decision patterns (readily available for every decision in every place and time) will become an integral part of business and life during the 21st century.  But where are the early adopters that will start the trend? You can be an early adopter using decision patterns to drive efficient thinking in your life or enterprise.

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