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complex problems and decisions
« on: September 23, 2012, 05:57:04 AM »
For more complex decisions and problems involving more than two possible options you can use several pros and cons tables in conjunction, to compare the overall weight of each option.

In such cases the wording of the options is important, for example, if considering the best path for one's own career and work development the options might be:

    be employed, working for a big company
    be self-employed, working as a consultant or freelancer from home
    start a business, with premises and staff

A situation like this can be approached by completing three separate pros and cons tables and then comparing the net effects (difference between weighted pros and cons) of each one.

While this won't necessarily evaluate and compare all possible inter-related aspects of the whole situation, it will help to give great clarity and detached objectivity (detached as in unemotional), which can be very difficult to find when confronted with a complicated and big challenge offering several options.

Also consider that some decisions and challenges are difficult because you don't have the necessary knowledge or experience, in which case you need first to decide if the decision or challenge is actually appropriate and necessary for you at this stage.

Some decisions have to be made whether you are ready or not. Others might not be as pressing as you imagine.

Do not be forced into a change-based decision if having considered the implications carefully you decide that it's not the best thing to do.

The decision to do nothing different, in the right way for the right reasons, is often a perfectly good option.

Whatever you do - try to be as objective as you can be.

Well prepared decisions are easier to make and to implement, and generally produce the best results.