Make Decisions the Easy Way
Pointy-haired managers also manage by spreadsheet!
Check the Chart Below
This Hub describes how to use a chart to make an important decision - so, as noted above, check the chart at the end of the article.
In short, it illustrates how to spread out the various Pros and Cons on a piece of paper to assist an unorganized brain (mine, for example) in seeing the wise areas in a decision (many people do this in their heads without thinking about it).
In this instance, the decision involves a job move with attached relocation in a bad economy:
- Job specifics are listed in the left column.
- Pros (positive stuff) are listed down the middle.
- Cons (negative stuff) are listed on the right.
This chart is based on an actual decision I made - when I was tied down by day jobs - and lists six possible choices - with some of the jobs requiring a commute and/or physical relocation of my residence.
As you can see, if you read through every word in the chart, stuff like this has lifelong implications - and yet with this method, the right decision tends to jump out at you.
More stuff about the best choice (job) in the chart:
- You're in a situation in which you must decide whether it is wise to take a job in another state.
- The move will give you a much deserved promotion and needed pay raise - but you will be leaving a company you have been with for over 10 years.
- The writing on your company wall states that your days may be numbered at this particular company - there are rumors of forthcoming lay offs - even though you are a motivated and innovative employee who adds much value to your department.
Family or spouse separation is the key element as you make your decision.
More-more stuff about the chart:
This method can be used to make decisions about anything. I use charts such as these to make decisions on contract writing positions and for travel planning (to ensure everyone gets their immunizations before going on a trip, for example) - and have used one in the past for employee management - to assist in pointing out who is performing what particular duty.
The Chart - The Obvious Choice is in BOLD at the Top
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