Learning How to Make the Right Decisions

By Errol Wirasinghe

Corporate America does not have a monopoly on decision-making. Decisions that school boards and superintendents make can have serious consequences -- probably more serious than do some of the corporate decisions.

Why, then, is decision-making a required course for businessmen and women, but school leaders get little or no training in this area?

Have you had any formal training in decision-making, or do you just learn as you go along? Were your parents, elders, and teachers trained in the art of making decisions, or did they also just learn through trial and error?

Many of us believe that all we need to make good decisions is common sense and experience. Those are vital tools; however, alone they are not enough.

Research shows the human mind can process only about seven bits of information at one time. Why do you think our original telephone numbers and social security numbers were limited to seven digits?

Since today’s leaders and managers must process much more than seven bits of information at one time, they need new training and the right tools to help them make reliable and consistent decisions.

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