SDM 101

Are you neglecting the low hanging fruit of mobile decision making?

You can't ignore the mobile; it is becoming a serious tool for more than basic communication. Your business doesn't just run on a desktop, in an office, on weekdays, from 9-5. Your business is a 24/7 operation, and it needs to be treated as such. Mobile applications allow you to operate with this mentality.   We've learned to communicate, be available, stay on track, log in details, follow progress, look at reports, access, and document information. Accessibility...

Creating a strong social decision making culture

What is done, how is it done and who is involved in doing it? Organizational culture is a system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs, which governs how people behave in organizations. It has very much to do with how people communicate and the actions they take and most importantly how decisions are made. We claim that social decision making is the easiest way to improve productivity in knowledge work. We also say that the best...

Who makes the best decisions?

We’re human, we’re different, we’re similar, we fit together and we don’t. A homogeneous team has long ago been dismissed as being the dream team for innovative and solution oriented outcomes. So, how about decision making, how different are we? And what should we understand about each other as decision makers and take into consideration to make the best decisions for the organization! Inactive An inactive decision maker is someone who fails to make choices. A person...

The traditional & the new approach to decision making

52 minutes into the meeting and no decisions have been made. Finding the next possible date fitting everyone’s calendar will eat up the last 10 minutes… let’s continue this via email. And we are again in the situation that the next meeting, when it takes place 3 weeks later, uses the first half looking in the rearview mirror to ensure everyone has the same understanding of what has happened previously. What did we decide? Who...

Authority and power in decision making

Montesquieu saw two types of governmental power existing: the sovereign and the administrative. The administrative powers were the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. These should be separate from and dependent upon each other so that the influence of any one power would not be able to exceed that of the other two, either singly or in combination. This was at its time considered radical, Montesquieu was ahead of his time.   But how does authority and...

Decision Making and Accountability

Things usually start to go wrong when we don’t know what our role is, what we’re supposed to do and what others are doing. Grey areas are popular when things become difficult or unpleasant for us. They provide excuses for not participating and make it possible to escape obligations. Corporate governance is the system of rules, practices and processes by which a company is directed and controlled. It has very much to do with who gets...

The Chain Reaction of Decision Making

Shit rolls downhill - anything crappy coming from the top of the chain of command will hit everyone down to the bottom. This includes bad decision making, disciplinary actions, or simply a superior taking his frustrations out on subordinates.  The butterfly effect refers to the idea that a tiny change, the flap of the butterfly's wings, can cause a tornado by changing the initial condition of the system. The concept implies that small causes can have large effects....

Personality traits and decision making

Personality traits and decision making The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs, The 10 Most Important Personality Traits for Career Success, 8 Personality Traits of Effective Business People, Top 12 Personality Traits Influencing Organizational Behavior – we are used to discussing personalities in the context of succeeding in life and in work. When success is determined by our capability to make decisions and especially in today’s complex and constantly changing world, by our ability to collaborate for stronger...

The proverbial learning point

Have you ever worked on a project where things just went horribly wrong, what is the one thing that will happen in these situations? More than certainly one person will utter something along the lines of ‘let’s take it as a learning point’. Sounds like exactly the thing you learn to say in a long history of corporate theater. But what does it actually mean? How do you take something as a learning point, who...

Time for academics!

Last September I started working on my thesis, which is about decision making and how especially people in groups commit to and engage with decisions. This is a topic that has always interested me because this is what everyone working witnesses everyday.  I contacted Fingertip for a chance to create my research abouLast September I started working on my thesis, which is about decision making t their decision making application. The most interesting thing for...