'Pros and cons' and 'weighted' decision-making methods1.3.1. Problem-solving often involves decision-making, and decision-making is especially important for management and leadership.
Complex problems and decisions - tips Problem solving and decision-making are important skills for business and life.
They get run down." (Aneurin Bevan)"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." (attributed to Theodore Roosevelt - more maxims on the quotes page)There is often more than one good answers when you are faced with a complex decision.
When you've found the best solution you can find, involve others in making it work, and it probably will.(More useful rules, acronyms and training ideas on the acronyms page.) A simple process for decision-making is to compile a 'weighted' scored , of 'pros and cons' list.
Use whatever scoring method makes good sense to you for your situation.
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The example shows a low score method, but you can score each item up to 10, or 20 or 100, or an 'A/B/C' or three-star scoring method - whatever works best for you.
Pro means 'for', and con means 'against' - i.e., advantages and disadvantages.
For more complex decisions, several options can be assessed against differing significant criteria, or against a single set of important factors.
Good decision-making requires a mixture of skills: creative development and identification of options, clarity of judgement, firmness of decision, and effective implementation.
For group problem-solving and decision-making, or when a consensus is required, workshops help, within which you can incorporate these tools and process as appropriate.