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Decision-making

Talking Too Complex Will Destroy Communication

Gaza protest Amsterdam by Jos van Zetten (CC BY 2.0)

Did you ever think that by really pounding a logical point home you are destroying your success as a communicator?

You get into an argument with a relative at a wedding dinner, say. He’s arguing some asinine point that’s clearly in violation of any semblance of reality. You provide key proofs. He fights back. You esalate your logic with more complex and detailed arguments. After awhile …

Make Money with Executives by Preying on Ideologies, Not Profit Motive

Stack of golden George Washington dollar coins,. (c) 2007 Bill Koslosky, MD (CC BY 2.5)

downsizing

Software Architecture: There Is No One Right Way

Looking down at Château-d'Oex from our chateau on after a snowfall. © E. Forrest Christian.

I spent some time perusing the programming stacks at Seattle’s main library today, and skimmed through some texts on software architecture. Perhaps the most interesting was 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts (ed. Richard Monson-Haefel). It’s a collection of various two-page thoughts from people who do software architecture from across t…

Why There Is Never Going To Be A Silver Bullet

Silver bullet

There is no single, best way to solve business problems. Or career problems. Or project problems. Or marriage problems. Or any one type of problems.

You’d think that more than two decades after Fred Brooks told us that, at least in software, we would know that there is no silver bullet. The reason is simple:

Life is complex.

Most of the people shilling you an answer don’t even see that…

Imaginist, Systemicist, and Getting Myself Wrong

Flowing artesian well in the meadow near the *Laghi di Fusine-superiore*, Valromana, Italia. (c) 2009 Michael Gäbler (CC BY 3.0). Via Wikimedia Commons.

In late November, while talking to my old partner about how the Seven Decision Making Approaches (or “languages of achievement”) are relevant to his current work problems, I suddenly realised something startling. For several years, I have been selling myself as either Imaginist or Empiricist, but delivering Systemicist results. The disconnect has been startling. It cleanly explains many of t…

7 Decision Making Approaches: IMAGINIST / INTUITIONIST

[I continue my notes on Kinston & Algie's decision systems.]

As we continue with our exploration of the seven approaches to decision making that were originally developed by Jimmy Algie, reformulated by he and Warren Kinston, then extended by Warren [refs follow below], keep in mind that they can also be seen in two other ways.

Languages of Achievement: The words and syntax you use to talk…

McKinsey on how companies spend money

Stack of golden George Washington dollar coins,. (c) 2007 Bill Koslosky, MD (CC BY 2.5)

From “How Companies Spend Their Money” [PDF] (McKinsey Global Survey)

A survey of executives from around the world highlights how frequently — and why — a company’s resource allocation decisions go wrong.

Companies start off well, respondents say: senior executives are heavily involved in these decisions and routinely assess the prior performance of business units and the valu…

7 Decision Making Approaches: EMPIRICIST

Empiricists love data. Lots of data.

Empiricists love data. Lots of data.Warren Kinston and Jimmy Algie posited that there are seven, and only seven, unique mindsets or approaches humans use when making decisions about action. This is conscious decision, not simply unconscious reaction based on stimula-response.I’ve got the full article available, although the quality is wanting. (See [2])

Warren Kinston and Jimmy Algie weren’t a…

Make Better Decisions By Being Emotional

Advertisment design study for Pierce Arrow automobiles (1915). By Edward Penfield. Via Library of Congress collection.

If you’re not listening to your emotions, you’re likely making poor decisions. Here’s why.

Employees Who Aren’t Team Players Make The Team Perform Better, But Like It Less

Rugby Union players from Charters Towers (1904). Via Queensland State Library, collection.

Teams need oddballs to help them make the best decisions. So being a team player is not necessarily a good thing, since a whole team of team players will lead to poorer decision making. Summary of recent research.

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