One of the breakthrough ideas for 2007 listed by the Harvard Business review is the following:
When to Sleep on It
Use your conscious mind to acquire all the information you need to
arrive at a difficult decision, but don’t try to analyze it. Instead,
go on holiday and let your unconscious mind digest the information for
a day or two. Whatever your intuition then tells you is almost
certainly going to be the best choice.
I have seen this happening in corporate decision making in my organization. Whenever I am faced with too many choices I have found it easier to collect all the data and the options available and then forget about the whole thing for two days. At the end of the two days ,when the decision becomes inevitable one of the options automatically gets thrust on us and then becomes a reality. I am not really sure if this is the best way of deciding . There is no way of auditing the quality of decision making in order to justify the past decisions .This is because the management process is all about risk taking and use of discretion and if the decisions later prove to be wrong it is you who have to face the results . This does not mean you will have to leave a trail of all the activity leading up to the decision in order to justify your decisions to the posterity.But ,between us two,this is what we do in government undertakings and public sector enterprises.
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