Effective Decision Making

"Nothing is more difficult and therefore more precious than to be able to decide"
Napoleon Bonaparte

This workshop is focused upon:

  • Recognising the difficulty of the decision making process
  • How to apply a structured approach to decision making
  • Setting the decision parameters
  • How to identify and explore the full range of choices available
  • Testing the logic of the decision
  • Seeing the decision through

Typically combined with a 1-day Problem Solving. This workshop can also exist as a stand-alone development experience.

Workshop outline

Gives details of all the standard sessions, however we are always happy to customise this workshop to meet your specific needs.


Typically 1 day

Target Participation

Leaders and team members who are looking to acquire the insights, skills, processes and tools that enable effective decision making.

Workshop Outline

Introduction and objectives

Participants consider their personal and collective goals for the workshop, and set some ground rules to help them work together.

The decision-making climate

In a world where the pressure to deliver is very intense, the stakes connected to decision making can be very high. This can make decision making a highly emotive activity. Recognising and dealing with the decision making climate is an essential first step in the process.

Personal drivers

Having examined the external climate for decision making, participants are invited to review their own "drivers". These very strong and often sub conscious motivators can have a huge impact on decisions we make. By understanding our own drivers we can negate their possible bias when making important decisions.

Clearing the mind

We tend to pretend that decisions are based on rational thought and facts. Insights are offered on the psychology of decision making and the subtle influences of the conscious mind. A heavily loaded mind can generate bias, prejudice and protection urges that can all impact the quality of the decision process and decisions made. Tips and approaches are offered for recognising what is really going on, managing it and neutralising the impact.

Story telling and decision making

Many decisions may be unique and testing. Each one will be decided on its own merits and will require a process. The stories we tell ourselves about the circumstances surround a particular decision wield a very powerful influence over the outcome.

The decision frame and diary

This unique tool is designed specifically for major decisions that may require auditing, justification and approval. The frame also provides a guide as a solid repeatable decision making process.

Participants are encouraged to take a live decision through the frame. This part of the workshop is highly interactive and the Decision Frame is covered in some depth.

Decision making tools and team based decision making

A variety of decision making tools are covered, these being used in conjunction with an introduction to team based decision making. This allows participants an excellent method for creating, debating through and prioritising decisions.

Numbers and decision making

Applying numerical value and "weights" to options can help build a better picture of the decision to be made. A variety of numerically biased tools are covered with examples and opportunity for trial.

Workshop to workplace

This session reinforces some key points from the workshop as participants are tasked to clarify their intent and key actions post workshop - detailing what they intend to transfer into the workplace, how, by when and with what desired result.