Decision Making Training

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Effective decisions can only be made with a robust process and an effective evaluation of all the factors…

We often find it hard to make decisions, particularly collective decisions where people and emotions are involved, which can all too readily paralyse us in to inactivity.

In this decision making training programme you will learn how to set the context around which decision must be taken, how to evaluate all factors involved to develop possibilities, how to assess each possibility against set criteria, to identify the best option and then how to develop that into a successful decision.

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Within the robust decision making framework, you will also learn how to ‘sell’ the decision and communicate it effectively, and how to monitor the decision taken to ensure that it remains on track and successful.

Benefits of the Decision Making Training Course

This programme brings a robust process to assist anyone who has to make long-lasting, effective decisions.

Understand the strategy – learn to put the decision you are making in to context.

Evaluate factors – focus on the factors involved and not specifically the problem facing you to widen your options, expand your thinking and look at all options objectively.

Make the right decision – some of the best decisions carry the most potential risk. The trick is to understand the potential risks and mitigate them; whilst reinforcing success.

Communicate the message – It is not enough simply making the right decision; the right decision needs to be effectively communicated to ensure all employees buy-in to the plan. The decision taken will also require constant re-evaluation to ensure it remains successful and on track.

Who should attend decision making training?

Anyone and everyone required to make difficult decisions at any time in line with their work.

Course Content

The Decision Making Training course has been designed as a series of modules so that it can easily be combined with other related courses such as problem solving and creative thinking.

Module 1 – Understand The Problem.

– Context (the wider strategy, and the ‘what’, the ‘why’ and the ‘when’?)
– Constraints (time & resources)
– Tasks (specified & implied)- What has changed?

Module 2 – Evaluate Factors (cost, trends, demographics, market, population, experience, time, culture, media)

– What are your competitors doing & why?
– What have you been told to do & why?
– What effects are you trying to achieve and why?
– Where and how can you best achieve them?
– What resources are available to you?
– Where do the actions take place in relation to each other?
– What measures of control do you need to achieve?

Module 3 – Develop & Evaluate Courses of Action
– Pros & Cons (scoring/rating system)
– Associated risks
– Time, security (market), resources & other factors

Module 4 – Develop Chosen Course of Action
– Associated Strengths/Risks
– Implementation Plan

Module 5 – Give Direction
– Communication plan
– Involvement (the ‘who’?), intent (the ‘what’?), purpose (the ‘why’?), pivotal event/moment
– Re-evaluation & assessment of decision
– Follow-up


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