Leaders are often judged by the decisions they make. One key to improving your decision making is to generate more options. This gets you beyond simple yes-no choices. In a recent piece for strategy+business, I lay out five ways to get a “nuanced perspective on potential risks and opportunities”:
- Map possibilities on a 2×2 matrix to create at least four options
- Deconstruct the binary to see which choices were discarded–and why
- Ask open-ended questions to solicit diverse ideas
- Make an array of options your standard approach
- Insert an unworkable option to stimulate fresh thinking.
To learn more about each approach, read the full piece.
“Think of your decision process as a lighting control. Too often, decisions are presented as a toggle switch where the choice is “on” or “off.” Instead, imagine a dimmer with myriad settings from dim and cozy to bright and clinical. With that metaphor in mind, you can view each decision in the best possible light.”