Decision Decisions : Decision Making Essay

1234 Words Sep 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Decision Making
In management all leaders are tasked with making decisions, some tougher than others. Management decisions could include something as simple whether or not to put a coffee maker in the break room to something as difficult as laying off a group of employees. No matter how big or small the issue is managers should use the decision-making process to insure they are making the right decision. The eight step decision-making process described by Robbins, De Cenzo, and Coulter (2015) includes identifying the problem, identifying the decision criteria, allocating weights to the criteria, developing alternatives, analyzing alternatives, selecting an alternative, implementing the alternative, and evaluating the decision effectiveness (p. 83). Evaluation of the decision effectiveness is very important for a manager to ensure the right decision has been made. Well after a decision has been made, a manager should take time to evaluate his or her decision. If at any time a manager realizes that the decision made is ineffective, it is their responsibility to go back through the eight step decision-making process, starting with the identification of the problem. As stated before, some decisions are tougher than others. Following the decision-making process helps make those tough decisions a little easier.
Managers often fall victim to using shortcuts and judgment to simplify the decision making process. Shortcuts include immediate gratification, overconfidence, and…

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