Tag: decision making process

27
Mar

Reflection and Smart Decision Making

In his latest book, The Glass Cage, author Nicholas Carr reflects on technology’s impact on the meaning people place on their work once computers begin to assist them. Some embrace the opportunity to learn something new and enjoy relief from repetitive tasks. Others fear this assistance spells the beginning of the end for their positions. But few take a step

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22
Mar

Are We Becoming a Society of Failure Phobes?

I was struck recently by the comments of a teacher I’ve known for a long time. We were discussing her students’ reactions to bad grades and criticism. She related the shock and protest they express when receiving less-than-stellar evaluations. “It’s almost like they’re phobic about failure.” Yet, while K-12 educators deal with this displeasure, so do college faculty, managers, volunteer

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19
Mar

Problems or Opportunities?

I travel a lot. Anyone who spends their time as a road warrior can tell you stories about the misadventures of trying to get from point A to point B. I have visited hundreds of different cities and towns in the 27 years I have been speaking to groups. When I get lost, I have a choice between looking at

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17
Mar

Decisions Don’t Have Answers

They have outcomes. Today’s society has an insatiable desire for definite answers. You’re right or you’re wrong. You’re good or you’re bad. You’re the angel or the devil. But with the exception of math and the sciences, every decision we make is based discernment, context, experience and judgment. Consider the messages in which we are immersed in every day. Politicians

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13
Mar

Decision Making Assessment with One Great Question

One of the most difficult attributes to assess in a job applicant is his or her approach to decision making. But here’s a deceptively simple question that will reveal several insights if you just sit back and listen to how the person responds: “Tell me about the most challenging problem you’ve faced and how you resolved or dealt with it.”

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5
Mar

Decision Making and Reading Deep

Talk to those in publishing and they’ll tell you that the number of people who purchase books dwarfs the number of people who actually read them. The exceptions to this are fantasy novels, all things Harry Potter and so-called “mommy porn.” Sadly, teachers will tell you that most students struggle to read more than 300 words at a time. Over

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3
Mar

Decision Making and Convenience

Last week, I attended a chamber event. The featured speaker owns a local coffee roasting company. He told us that until three months ago he had resisted going into the so-called “K-Cup” market. K-Cups are the containers that fit into the one-cup coffee brewers made by the Keurig company. He said, “Some of my customers were balking at paying $12-14

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27
Feb

Basic Skills and Learned Helplessness

Apple updated my iPhone the other day, whether I wanted it to or not. For the most part, I enjoy learning new technology, especially when I can find an immediate benefit. That said, I cringe at the time spent waiting for updates to download and install. And this is nothing compared to the necessary re-learning to use what I already

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25
Feb

A Lack of Information But a Strong Opinion

I was conversing with a colleague about his adult daughter. He explained a debate they had had about a certain social issue. While he kept arguing from a broader context, she was focused on the report she had heard on the radio that morning. The more he insisted there was nuance to the issue, the more she focused on the

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13
Feb

Reflect on Making Smarter Decisions

There’s an old joke that goes, “Lord, give me patience, but please hurry.” As much as that is supposed to be amusing, many of us feel like we’re living it. There’s the boss who says, “Give this some thought, but get back to me with your solution by Noon.” There’s the parent who says, “I know learning takes time. But

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