Decision making – practical advice

Decision making talk

Some people make decisions too quickly. Some get it just right. Others take too long. During this talk, decision-making specialist David Knowles-Leak provides practical advice and guidance on this important topic.

Being in a place where there are several viable options is ideal. Analysis of the options without being under pressure can follow and Decision-Making models with their sophisticated marking schemes can be used. In the real world, however, we are often left with a dilemma.

In this context a dilemma is where most of the viable options have run out and a choice has to be made between two imperfect options. There is always a third option, that is to do nothing. There is also a fourth option beloved of politicians and those who put personal reputation at the heart of what they do. That is to invoke the pretend solution which involves doing next to nothing but heralding the decision as a triumph.

We are all faced with dilemmas from time-to-time and avoiding the kind of paralysis that leads to no choice being made is generally good practise. Soldiering on regardless can lead to being at the mercy of the winds with no sense of direction and precious little ability to set the tiller to a course other than survival.

Making the least worst choice from the two unpalatable options that form the dilemma is the superior survival strategy.

Percy Furniss who was the Chairman of a substantial shipping company once said, “Often, it has not mattered what decision I have made, just that I made one”. He was not commenting on the generality of Decision-Making, he was confronting the reality of dealing with dilemmas.

Decision-making talks are popular as they are relevant to everyone in the organisation, on both a professional and personal level. David peppers his presentations with relevant stories and illustrations. His calm, confident manner puts the audience at ease during his talks, workshops and presentations.

David can deliver talks and presentations at conferences, workshops, seminars, management meetings, board meetings and product launches. He is also an after-dinner speaker. The talks can be brief, i.e. 20 minutes or they can be longer. He carefully tailors each presentation to the requirements of the client and their audience. You are welcome to contact him for an initial conversation.

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To find out more, call David on: 07585 775 438

Email: dkl@dk-l.com

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