Decision Making: It’s Not What You Think

Mintzberg, Henry

Sometimes we think too much about our decisions. Perhaps we would do better to see them more insightfully. Or just act on them in order to think about them better. This session contrasts "thinking first" with "seeing first" and "doing first" as approaches to decision making, using examples from finding a mate to handling decisions at work.

The objectives for this topic are to:

  • Get beyond thinking in decision making to seeing and doing.
  • Appreciate that we have to act in order to think, as much as think in order to act.
  • Approach some key decisions differently.

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A CoachingOurselves module is used by a group of 4-6 managers to guide a 90 minute peer-coaching session. One participant plays the role of facilitator. Working through the module one page at a time, the team reflects on their own experiences guided by the content, questions and exercises. There is no pre-work and no laptops, and the meetings are held anywhere managers normally hold work meetings. A program involves six modules, one per month. 

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