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.

This topic is available in a "for non-profits" version.

Here's How it Works


This is a new approach to developing management and leadership skills. Using one of our topic discussion guides, you gather with a small group of peers or direct reports to spend 90 minutes working through the topic one page at a time. Each page has the content and questions to drive your thinking forward and improve your management and leadership skills.

World renowned thinkers such as Mintzberg, Schein, Adler, Ulrich, and over 30 more have captured their ideas and pedagogy on a broad range of topics in our 75 themed discussion guides. These guide your management learning sessions, beginning with reflective discussions on personal experiences and ending with new insights and learnings.  Individual managers use these during 90 minute self-guided sessions. Organizations use these as the foundation for innovative leadership training and change management programs.

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