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Category/Topic: Decision Making


By Tom Davidson

I recently interviewed Scott Wallinger (left) for my podcast, an iconic manager and leader in the forestry profession (http://leadershipnature.com/podcasts/s1e13-scott-wallinger/), and Scott reflected on his lessons in leadership through the lenses of history and experience. Near the end of this episode, Scott talked about the tendency of foresters to analyze things until they have the answer […]

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As mentioned in Question Traps are Just around the Cubicle, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly started a minor fad last month among political commentators by asking presidential hopeful Jeb Bush if he would have ordered the Iraq invasion “knowing what we know now.” More than a trap question (because it’s hypothetical), the inquiry also implied that […]

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By Tom Davidson

On one of the rare times I’ve flown first class, I sat next to a Congressman on his way home from Washington, D.C. I asked him if he would be talking to his constituents on this visit, and he clarified. “No. This is my last trip. I was voted out of office.” Being curious, I […]

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It’s understandable for managers to make snap decisions and true that they are sometimes absolutely necessary, but not good to make them a habit. See why: Managers have enough pitfalls, mistakes and dead ends to avoid in their daily work that they don’t need to fall into the most common decision-making traps, which I call […]

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By Tom Davidson

While group decision-making can be the best way to solve problems in some cases, successful managers need to know when to use it and how to manage the process well.  Deadfalls are animal traps used outdoors to snare or kill prey in survival situations, while decision deadfalls are traps that unsuspecting managers can fall into. Both […]

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