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Making difficult decisions easier

Posted by Philip on 17 May 2017, 12:10 pm in , , ,

Sometimes making big decisions, especially life changing ones, can be really difficult. Whether or not to quit a university course or a job, end a relationship, make an expensive purchase — how do you decide?

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Writing a list of pros and cons is the standard advice, but I don't find that useful. Often there are as many pros as cons and discovering that just makes it harder to decide.

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When too many rights make a wrong

Posted by Philip on 29 July 2015, 10:01 am in , , , , , , , ,

'Right' is an interesting word. It can refer to the state of being correct, a (legal) entitlement, a conservative political stance, the opposite direction to left, among other things.

But the belief that one is right about, or has a right to, a certain thing, with no willingness to change stance, can lead to a varying number of undesirable outcomes. It also ignores the diversity and complexity involved in a lot of decision-making processes.

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The certainty trap

Posted by Philip on 6 March 2012, 8:52 pm in , , , ,

Last night I got a call about developing and delivering some diversity training for an international organisation in eastern Europe. My initial reaction was to decline the work — too far to travel, too difficult to organise access etc.

But on second thought I created a contingency. I spoke to a colleague about delivering the training. I now have the option to develop and deliver the training if I can negotiate my access needs, or develop the training and send my colleague to deliver it.

It would have been easy to fall into the certainty trap: saying that I definitely would or wouldn't do it. Instead I said maybe.

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