The Art of Decision Design

To save you some time – if you have already come to the conclusion or have been thinking that something in our decision-making process needs tweaking and updating and you just want to get on with finding out how to make the change – with every decision – every day – to get better outcomes- then enrol in the Decision Design program, it will take you through the process.

Download the PEP Talk – it provokes food for thought, with more background to how a change in our decision making can change the outcomes, our ripple effect,  for the better.

To save you some time – if you have already come to the conclusion, or subscribe to the notion – that something in our decision-making process is amiss and needs updating and you just want to get on with finding out how you can consider your head, your heart, the future, the present, the root cause, people, environment and prosperity – all at the same time… with every decision – every day – to get better outcomes then go to our Decision Design Training, it will take you through the process.

Download the PEP Talk – it is food for thought, outlining how a change in our decision making can change the outcomes, our ripple effect,  for the better.

If you are still curious and wondering… please explore this page as I explain the why behind updating our decision making… if you come across concepts and ideas – that challenge you –  just say maybe? Let them sit in your mind for a few days before you discard them… you just never know what value they might add.  Or join our weekly Q & A to ask me directly. 

Humans are different from animals because we can ask Why?

“Since the ability to reason (to deliberate over courses of action and choose on the basis of those deliberations) is the one capacity or function which separates humans from other animals” Aristotle.

WHY WE VALUE DECISION MAKING

 

By being able to exercise our mind to make a decision, we start our journey of empowerment, self-esteem, and ownership of our life and wellbeing – Helen Lewis

  • Decision-Making capacity increases our circle of influence, which reduces our circle of concern. 
  • Being able to choose is a fundamental freedom.
  • Decision making teaches us and enables us to think for ourselves.

How Do We Think?

Our human brain is predominately Linear in its thought process… which serves us well when we want to make a model, build a bridge, or the more complicated – put a person into space. This linear success is based on a step by step process – this, then that, which gives us the outcome we want – a completed bridge, a watch, our home we just built or renovated. It has to be said we are good at the complicated.

Our Linear tendency comes from our left brain – we look at parts, logical sequence, we are objective and analytical. We try to create order in chaos. Our linear approach is sometimes referred to as silo thinking. There is a sense of control and static as we follow the steps to get the outcome we want, sometimes at the cost of ‘other factors’ we failed to consider.

  • Our own health, our personal relationships
  • Our community cohesion
  • Our environmental impact
  • Our prosperity

Linear decision making rolls out like this…

  1. What’s our Objective, Mission/Task/ What are we – Fixing /Building/Solving /Initiating
  2. The Toolbox – Tools we can use– Technology (anything man-made), Physical labour/time, Human Creativity & Money.
  3. Source of ideas – to get a better understanding of the options and develop ideas:
    • Rules, laws, regulations, etc.
    • Past experience,
    • expert opinion, research results
    • Production, profitability, cash flow
    • Media, marketing, expediency, peer review.
    • Cultural norms, friend’s advice, fear, emotion, gut feel.
  4. To make a choice from the shortlist of ideas – we run the ideas on the shortlist we debate how to’s and vote (winners/losers), select on the least cons in the pros/cons analysis, people have to compromise (concede)
  5. Monitoring – We often assume we are right and we ‘see what happens’.

The Outcome: This process can be highly effective for parts of our life… however people and the environment throw a spanner in the works, tilt the axis as people are dynamic, emotionally intuitive, at least 16 different personality traits (Myers Briggs) and nature responses are variable… how do we manage this Complexity?

What is the fallout when we don’t consider people and the environment? We often find ourselves reacting to unintended consequences, the symptoms.

If you have a headache … and to ‘fix’ it, you take Panadol, then Nurofen, then Panadine Forte, then you have other health issues from so many pain killers… what about finding out why you have the headache… the root cause!

How many times have we put another (proverbial) band-aid on and kicked the can further down the road… instead of addressing the root cause of the problem?

You may have heard the dilemma of considering the complexity, the dynamic of an unknown quantity of people and the environment as wicked problems… that systems thinking is trying to solve.

To our credit we have tried to incorporate this complexity into systems thinking with the development of the ‘triple bottom line’… which is often used as a scorecard for social, economic and environmental impact… each is assessed separately in silos.

Yet People (Social), Environment and Prosperity (Economics) are connected… there is a ripple effect like the pebble in the pond. The Tripple Ripple

Change = Change

To enhance our linear thought process by also considering people, environment and prosperity to get enduring outcomes, it is clear, we need to add a few steps to our decision-making process.

Like we update our computer software to get better results,  let’s update our personal decision-making capacity- to improve the outcomes for our lives, community, organisations and economies”.   Revised from – Sarah Savory

Decision Design Hub is all about enabling you, your family and organisations to make decisions that maximise our linear thinking and consider all the ‘other factors’, all of the time.

Influencers like Simon Sinek – “Find your Why TED talk”,  Brene Brown – Operationalise your Values, Stephen R Covey –  Mission/ Vision/ Goals, Charlie Gilkey – themes around decision making, all discuss living in line with your values, congruence & integrity in your life, or developing a values-driven culture or social license for your organisation. Google the importance of Values and the 726,000,000 results come in from articles in Forbes, Business websites, psychologists, wellbeing platforms…

Are you ready to elevate your decision making? 

Elevated Decision Making – rolls out like this …..

  1. Define our Current Reality –To manage complexity with our linear preference it is helpful to confirm the current management components – the people involved, the resources available and the money source.
  2. Our Position statement – your values/principals and preferred future.
  3. How our environment functions and response to management. If we are to change our impact on the environment it might be useful to update our knowledge (software).

So you are living in a town or city, why do you need to know this… do you buy food? Where is it coming from? How is it produced? Is the production method for improving soil biology and thus ensuring clean/chemical-free food? (That you need to eat 3 times a day every day)  Can you compost, recycle, upcycle it?

As a consumer, we can be the biggest drivers of change with every purchase we make.

If you are a consumer of food and products this information matters – if you want to change the ripple effect your decisions make. Download to the PEP talk,  I highlight how we can get back on track considering people, the environment and our prosperity.

  1. What’s our Objective, Mission/ Task/ What do we want to Fix / Build/ Solve / Initiate/ what outcome do we desire. 
  2. Our Toolbox – Tools we can use–   Human Creativity, Money, Physical labour/ time –Technology (anything man-made), Time, Living Organisms (Plants/ Animals Large, Small, microbial)
  3. Brainstorm ideas -to get a better understanding of the options and develop ideas:
  • Rules, laws, regulations, etc.
  • Past experience.
  • expert opinion, research results.
  • Production, profitability, cash flow
  • Media, marketing, expediency, peer review.
  • Cultural norms, friend’s advice, fear, emotion, gut feel.
  1. To make a decision from the shortlist of ideas – we run the ideas on the shortlist through the 10 good questions matrix in reference to our Life Context to check our head, our heart, the future, the present, the root cause, people, environment and prosperity. We make a decision based on which idea moves us towards our Life Context. the most, right now.
  2. Monitoring – Plan, Do, Review, Adapt/Replan, Next Plan. Continuous improvement identifies the earliest sign we could be off track, and monitor that…

The Outcome:

  • this is a collaborative process,
  • the impact on people, environment, and prosperity is considered.
  • the outcome is proactive.
  • Uniquely, people’s values are accommodated rather than people having to compromise. 
  • You will know what you are doing and why you are doing it.
  • Experience personal confidence, contentment, integrity, and organisations can be transparent and build their social license.

You are back in the driver’s seat of your life – you’ve got this!

Let’s have a chat about how I can assist you!