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