Monday, March 29, 2010

Chapter 12: Making Decisions

In chapter 12, decision making is fully examined. In the book, there are four types of decision making styles: analytical, behavioral, conceptual, and directive. Chapter 12 includes a grid with all four decision making styles, and I also decided to search more about them. In one presentation online, the term decision was defined as a choice from two or more alternatives. The same site also defined the decision making process as a set of eight steps including identifying a problem, selecting an alternative, and evaluating the decision's effectiveness.

Looking into the four types of decision making styles, I found another site that gave definitions to each that seemed close to the book's definitions. For the directive style, the site refers to the person with that type of style as having low tolerance for ambiguity and are efficient, rational, and logical in their way of thinking. Those people focus on the short term and decide based on minimal information and alternatives. For analytical decision makers, they have a higher tolerance for ambiguity than directive decision makers, and they enjoy more information and alternatives. Conceptual decision makers are generally more broad and consider all available alternatives, and they are focused on long term goals and are capable of creativity. The last one, which is the behavioral style, contains people who work well with others and are open to suggestions. Through all four, I definitely think that it is important to try and put all together in making a decision. It is important to find out information and alternatives as well as hear others' suggestions when working with a team.

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