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Brink Or Swim! Decisions: Should You Go It Alone?
"Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing gets done." U.S. author Wilferd A. Peterson (1900-1995)

Decision making is one of the most essential leadership and management skills. From the boardroom to the battlefield, indecision can have disastrous consequences.

In business, it's often livelihoods rather than lives that can depend on your choices, but you still have to choose. Our article, The Vroom-Yetton Decision Model, looks at whether you should collaborate on decisions or go it alone.

Dithering or avoiding difficult choices can lead to lost opportunities, so learn how to stay focused with our article, Overcoming Procrastination. And you can identify and develop any areas where your decision-making skills are lacking with our quiz, How Good Is Your Decision Making?

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Finally, from everyone at Mind Tools, we'd like to wish you all a very happy holiday season!

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The Vroom-Yetton Decision Model The Vroom-Yetton Decision Model

Use this model to decide what decision-making approach is best for your situation.

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Overcoming Procrastination Overcoming Procrastination

Beat a procrastination habit with these simple techniques.

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How Good Is Your Decision Making? How Good Is Your Decision Making?

Complete our quiz to find out how to take your decision-making skills to the next level.

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Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking

Find out how to bring rigor, discipline and the right mindset to your decision-making process.

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Decision-Making Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Decision-Making Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

In this one-hour session, learn how to identify and avoid common decision-making mistakes.

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Go/No-Go Decisions
Go/No-Go Decisions

Discover tools to help you decide whether to go ahead with a plan of action.

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A Final Note

As a manager, you make decisions every day, from inconsequential ones to major choices that can seriously impact your organization or team members. But decision making is a skill that you can improve, to help you to become a better manager or leader.

We'll be back in a fortnight, so, once again, we hope that you enjoy your seasonal celebrations, and we wish you all a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

James Manktelow (CEO) and Elizabeth Eyre (Head of Editorial) - Essential Skills for an Excellent Career!
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