Can Decision Making Training lead to real Change?
Choices & Consequences = Choicequence
In trying to understand and open the vast dynamic of Decision Making in any employee engagement training we are immediately faced with central parameters of consideration which I find in nearly every corporate training or leadership training seminars that I conduct. The level of Decision Making and it's ability to enter the Big Picture of considerations will determine the corporate future in employee turn over rate, in ROI, in productivity, in personal responsibiloity and ultimately is the fundamental base upon which the future success of the company or lack of it rests.
What parameters need consideration in Decision Making Training?
• The freedom of choice or lack of it
• Conscious short-term consequences to conscious decisions
• Unconscious long-term consequences
• Emotional Intelligence
• System/strategic thinking
Key questions about the intricacy of decision making in leadership development
Decisions…arbitrary or considering the Big Picture?
…and if considered then to what degree of strategic thinking?
…and from what intelligence do you use...Emotional Intelligence?
…and how thorough are you in the process?
…and how biased are you?
…and how careful are you?
…and how scientific are you?
…and how ambitious are you to get fast results?
…and how wishful thinking are you?
…and finally, is it decision making process (now, fresh, new, current) ?
…or… do YOU make a decision (short circuit decisions based in the past)
We make thousands of decisions each and every day, most of which we do automatically. But, rest assure, there is a system that hides behind every decision, either conscious or unconscious. Some of the decisions we make are extremely important but we often only realize that much later, when the results of our decisions show up.
Choices and consequences, otherwise known as the choicequences, offer a glimpse in to the human story and the magnitude of decision making.
The life that we live today is based on the level of decision making of the powers that be. From education, to government, to road building, to etiquette, to moralities, to what you should say or shouldn’t say to thousands of other matters. We mostly live in a “hand me down” decision-making world, where we must abide by decisions made by our predecessors, whether or not those decisions make sense, or are valid in the present time.
Ideally, decision-making should be a marvelous expression of free choice, but it seldom is!
It must be understood that decision-making is the vehicle of our freedom to choose.
If there was no permission for choice, consequences would be known in advance and development and evolution would not be an issue, as is the case with cats and dogs, where although there are consequences to what they eat and where they sleep, these are very limited and do not involve the process of decision making per se.
Consequences are con- sequences or to put it in other words they are a set of bridges that lead to multiple directions according to the choice that was made. So a human chooses, makes a decision about something and a chain of sequences is set in motion, mostly, as was indicated, unknown.
To put it differently, when we make decisions we start the motor of choice and the engine of consequences!
Does Personal Responsibility play an important role in Decision-Making process?
The place that we come from when we make our decision will determine what type of consequences we will encounter.
The first thing to understand is that we must take responsibility for our decisions. If we don’t we become creatures of excuses and fear and we never amount to anything serious, and that is not a good place to come from.
In my leadership training one of the main aspects is to learn to make decisions based on the big picture and stand by these decisions. It is exactly this ability that makes the difference between a charismatic leader and someone who uses the word leader as a title only.
Personal accountability is to realize that your decision-making and choices have short and long-term consequences, which can be drastically different to each other, and therefore there is a need to be strategically prepared. The rule of thumb is: Let The Long-term Lead, never the short-term.
Example we are all familiar with
Let’s take an example, 2 people meet, they are attracted to each other and they make the decision to be together. That choice has instantly set in motion a range of short and long-term consequences. In the short term it’s pretty clear, as the initial excitement shines brightly on all matters, preventing any shadows from appearing. However, after some time different consequences start to show, such as personal habits, opinions that each has about different issues that they now import to their newly created affair, patterns of living, patterns of thinking, fears, worries, concerns, national influences, gender influences, age group influences, life circumstance influences, how they react under pressure, how they deal with having or not having money, and…what kind of decision making process they have.
A person’s decision-making process is affected by many factors, most of which they are unaware of. When 2 people meet their decision making processes meet, which will lead to fresh set of con sequences, which may now have long term effects. It could be said that we are all products of our decision making processes up to date.
System Thinking/strategic thinking in decision making
A consummate professional, therefore, needs to think systematically and strategically with their left hemisphere, and with their right hemisphere consider the emotional intelligence and instinctive aspects, before they make serious decisions. Even then a real pro will “sleep” on their decisions to give their mind the time to join all the facts together. Strategic thinking in this context means that you use your mind to look into the future before you get there. plrase note that tactical thinking in terms of decision making deals with short-term considerations while strategic thinking addresses long-term concerns.
The thinking Coach Leadership Development Seminars
The Thinking Coach Decision-Making training seminars, which is part of broad leadership development program, address these vital aspects and provide professional with a tool kit of practical leadership skills, which are necessary nowadays more than ever before. I put heavy emphysis on the utilization of Emotional Intelligence skills in the decision making process and indeed in every leadership development training. To think, feel, be in the now, responsive to what is needed and engage in an intelligent and productive decision- making process, are skills that professionals learn in my programs. The workshop gives them the experience of putting the system thinking and emotional intelligence, combined, into practice
Please feel free to call me for exceptional corporate training seminars that make a difference!
The Thinking Coach
P.S. O yes, the word Choicequence was borne of a creative thinking process that searched for a word that is out of the box, humorous, yet descriptive. The left hemisphere that loves words and order is clearly irritated by the usage of an unknown word…you can hear it complaining:”…but there is no word like that in the dictionary…” while the right hemisphere is delighted with the new creative spark, representing for the mind a breath of fresh idea.