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Decision Making Blog Posts

April 20, 2017

Ask These 5 Questions Before Making Decisions

Wouldn't it be great if all decisions were a clear choice between right and wrong, good and bad? It would take a minute to decide what to do, and you'd move on to the next one unencumbered by lingering doubts. Sadly, that's not a scenario most managers would recognize. From setting strategic goals to handling […]

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April 18, 2017

#MTtalk: Meetings – Herding Cats and Taming Alligators

Meetings Are Melting Pots While many of us try to "fit in" to a specific workplace culture, meetings often highlight different ways of thinking and doing things. It's because of how meetings work: we put a group of people in a room together to make a decision or to reach an agreement. Then, we discover that […]

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March 20, 2017

Start Brainstorming With SCAMPER

Of all the comments made by Kuato, the tiny psychic resistance leader in sci-fi classic Total Recall, “open your mind” is perhaps the most poignant. He needs to get inside the mind of Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character) and brainstorm a solution to a pretty big problem – how to overthrow a violent interplanetary dictatorship. […]

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January 12, 2017

How Can We Make Our Predictions Foolproof?

Nowadays, the pace at which life changes seems faster than ever. Trends come and go, technology changes (almost daily), and don't even get me started on politics! Sometimes it feels as though you need to be able to predict the future just to keep up with all these new changes. You could go on your […]

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November 9, 2016

Improving Decision Making: Techniques, Tools and Tips

I hold my hands up. I'm terrible at decision making. From the most basic to the biggest of decisions, it can take me ages to make my mind up. The Perils of Too Much Choice Yes, it's great to have choice, and we've never had more choice than we do now. But sometimes it can […]


August 31, 2016

Brainstorming: Your Top Tips

Sometimes, it seems like group activities or sessions can suck all the life out of a team. What is it about team meetings that can turn a group of individually brilliant and creative people into a silent, uninspired ideas-vacuum? Perhaps people find team meetings too formal and structured. Maybe group dynamics, office politics, or different […]

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July 28, 2016

Stop and Step Back From the Problem!

      Depending on how you view it, life is but a series of challenges to be overcome... How we approach and deal with these challenges determines the pattern and quality of our lives. Most of us are pretty adept at handling our challenges – the fact that the human race hasn't petered out […]

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July 12, 2016

#MTtalk: Team Meetings: Do You Help, Hide or Hinder?

Maybe you're the exception to the rule and you absolutely love meetings, but many of us don't enjoy them. Some meetings drag on for hours, without adding much value. Other meetings are held for no better reason than that it's the usual routine to have them. Regardless of how we feel about them, we all […]

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May 31, 2016

#MTtalk: Exploring Leadership Styles

There's a well-known quote by E.M. Kelly that says, "Remember the difference between a boss and a leader. A boss says 'Go!' A leader says 'Let's go!'" In reality, this is a differentiation between two distinct leadership styles. The first is a commanding leader; the second is probably a servant leader or a transformational leader. […]

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May 23, 2016

Goal-Setting: Benefits and Cautions

Goals? Sure, I have them and I could more or less tell you what they are, but I didn't need to write them down like all those motivational speakers told me to do. Why? Like auditor Todd Weinman, I recoiled at the notion of being controlled – even when the "controller" is someone as likable […]

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