Learn Decisional Due Date and Build Dynamic, Decision-Driven Organizations

Men of Fort Story operate an azimuth instrument, to measure the angle of splash in sea-target practice. 1942. (reversed)

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.

“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…

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.

Finding a Dime Can Make Your Last Year Happier

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

Remember things as being happier by contemplating something positive before you write your resume / CV. You can use this to help you feel happier at interviews and other situations.

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.

Time Span of Discretion and Naturalistic Decision Making

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

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 forma…

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