Silver bullet

Why There Is Never Going To Be A Silver Bullet

E. Forrest Christian Careers, Decision-making, Underachievers Leave a Comment

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 …

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.

Imaginist, Systemicist, and Getting Myself Wrong

E. Forrest Christian Decision-making, Underachievers 4 Comments

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 the …

7 Decision Making Approaches: IMAGINIST / INTUITIONIST

E. Forrest Christian Decision-making, Theory, Warren Kinston 7 Comments

[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 …

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

McKinsey on how companies spend money

E. Forrest Christian Decision-making, Reviews - Articles Leave a Comment

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 value creation protential …

7 Decision Making Approaches: EMPIRICIST

E. Forrest Christian Decision-making, Reviews - Articles, Warren Kinston 4 Comments

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 …

Dome of the Belgian royal greenhouses in Laeken (external). (c) E. Forrest Christian

Time Span of Discretion and Naturalistic Decision Making

E. Forrest Christian Decision-making, Reviews - Books 1 Comment

Klein, Gary. 1997. Making Decisions in Natural Environments. Alexandria, VA: Research and Advanced Concepts Office, U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. I’ve been reading up on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM). Klein and his colleagues studied how experts such as fire commanders actually make decisions. In turns out that they don’t, if you think of formal decision …