Elliott Jaques is rightly praised for many things: first one to apply the ideas of social culture to the life inside organizations; identified and named the “mid-life crisis” (sorry Gail Sheehy!); led the longest on-site social research efforts at Glacier Metal Company, running some 25 years; and developing a method for building the requisite organizational structure for any managerial endeavor.
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…
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…
[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…
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…
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 )
Warren Kinston and Jimmy Algie weren’t a…
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]
If you’re not listening to your emotions, you’re likely making poor decisions. Here’s why.
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.
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.