From experience, the worst time to decide on how to decide things is when you are ready to decide things.
When you are ready to a make decision, an entirely new set of issues emerges. People have already developed their vested interests in certain outcomes. They are either overly or underly-inclined to point out data gaps to try to push the group to choose a certain outcome.
If, however, you can figure out what will shape the decision before it happens, you have a fighting chance of making a solid business decision for an organization.
5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Answer Before Making a Decision
Here are five strategic thinking questions you should identify well before you are on the verge of making a decision:
- Who owns making the decision?
- Who will the decision impact?
- Who should contribute to making the decision?
- What criteria will we use to make the decision?
- What levels or conditions across the criteria will signal making one decision or the other?
If you answer those strategic thinking questions early, your decision making will likely be more simple, clear, and streamlined. And all of that means you can fast forward more quickly from debating and deciding into implementation and results!
Fast Forward: Successfully Implementing Your Plan!
In the FREE eBook, Fast Forward, we highlight ideas, tips, and checklists you can quickly use for implementation success:
- 10 ways to simplify and strengthen the language you use to communicate strategic priorities
- 9 ideas for introducing your strategic plan with style and impact to engage your organization
- 4 keys for selecting the right collaborative leaders during implementation
- 12 questions to better launch your successful strategy implementation process
- 4 strategies to navigate typical execution challenges
- Using mini-plans to increase implementation flexibility
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