“Just make a decision!”

Oklahoma Land Rushm 1893 by William S Prettyman

Last time we heard from Danny Fleming, the banking executive, who said that his success was in a large part due to his ability to make decisions when others would dither.

This time I’m going to a Danny closer to home: my late father, “Danny” Christian.

I was reminded of his thinking on decision making recently when a relative told me how he used to throw up his arms when she ambilivated…

Top Key For Success: Make Decisions

Manhattan Bridge under construction-1909

Successful people — people who get things done and not just kiss asses — have on thing in common: they can make decisions.

You’d think it would be leadership or emotional intelligence or even financial acumen.

But it’s not.

It all comes down to getting things done. And if you want to get things done, you have to make decisions.

This was made obviously plain by some conversations…

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…

Being Happy Makes You Less Productive. Sometimes.

Suck My Kiss by Jan Tik. CC BY 2.0

Happy workers are better workers, right? Nope. At least not all the time. And maybe not even most of the time. Find out why. [Full Post]

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.

Kinston’s & Algie’s guide on how managers can approach decisions

For Friday, here’s “Seven Distinct Paths of Decision and Action” by Warren Kinston and Jimmy Algie from 1989. This paper describes the seven different approaches to decision-making, but note that it’s really about action.

All Work Is Decision Making

Attendees at the 1952 Republican National Convention, Chicago, Illinois. 1952 by Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Report Magazine. Donated into the public domain. Via Library of Congress.

Lots of people these days have a problem with work hierarchies, and with good reason. Their experience of them is that bosses micro-manage or change the rules to suit themselves. They take over as much of your life as they can, and have no loyalty to anyone but themselves.

Sadly, this is indeed the case in many situations. But that’s not work hierarchy. Oddly, it’s actually a failure of…

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