Decision Making is part of Strategy!
No on-going decisions – no strategy necessary. Every process once started as a so called “try & error” path, made by (insecure) decisions as a potential strategy to reach a goal or the light at the end of the tunnel. Fact.
A proven process is the ideal way to reach a goal!
It´s the prize exhibit for everyone who wants to reach the same. Just think of education! Over time it was clear we´d all need 10 years at school minimum and by now we know we´ll never retire from further educating.
Education itself moves in a strategic process: once starting out locally at schools, universities were later added in bigger cities only, then private academic schools lined up as competition to universities and by now we can even choose and book online-classes for more self-education!
Within the decision making process we have to deal with alternatives, we can choose from various opportunities and that means deciding for different ways and directions. We also deal with our intuition! Our brain and gut stores the positive experiences and the intuition functions as a pattern-comparing device, working on its own. It works with the “similarity matching” method. And intuition allows faulty information within this comparison process!
That´s tricky. We react to similar patterns, either way positive and negative styled. But we are not supposed to copy this intuitive pattern 1:1 to future situations. When we listen to intuition we can´t tell WHY we think that way but we do FEEL this way and decide to do it or not do it. We have no proof.
Strategy works with varitions!
Not variations similar to the decision-alternatives A, B and C which vary as an option for the decider, no, but rather like puzzle piece variations. Now there´s another trap! The observer cannot filter off any rules to determine the best action (steps).
Every strategy-variation is a mix of certain “fix” situations of the past or present, which worked. A single fix action step strategy cannot be copied 1:1 blindly for a new situation in the future because each constellation to reach a goal is different! The ideal constellation pattern must match the new situation closely.
Some examples related to how to fight “forest fires”:
it can be beneficial to resign one small fire with the aim to fight a big fire for good! Then you may choose this fire fight-constellation:
It can be beneficial to confront a fire frontal to avoid the expansion if one has enough fire fighters, enough water and when the wind is not too strong:
These are just 2 of 5 or more possible strategies which vary from each FIRE situation, all with the “same” goal and aim to fight new fires! This hopefully demonstrates that each strategy is a different variation of single action steps (…. or fire fighter positions). Make sure you look at the details first and then choose the right strategy.
BE A DECISION MAKER. BE OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –