Decision-Making Model Analysis
When one is thinking, he or she must think critically. Thinking critically means to think intelligently and thoroughly about the decision to be made. One must gather his or her thoughts with clarity, precision, accuracy, relevance, consistency, completeness, and/or fairness. With those particulars in mind during the thought process; an accurate answer and/or the most excellent decision will undoubtedly be made. The purpose of this paper is to find a decision-making model and to describe that model and apply that model to a recent job-related decision.
Although there are decisions to be made each and everyday of one’s life; how many people really use a decision-making model to assist in the thought process is the question. Not many for sure but with the help of a decision-making model, one’s decision would be much clearer and definite. While researching, Leonard found decision-making models for all kinds of decision-making processes such as: career, success, and wealth; looking good and feeling healthy; self-confidence and self-esteem; family and parenting; relationships; and spirituality (N.A., 2004-2005). Leonard found that decision-making models ask questions that most would forget to ask when trying to make decisions; therefore, decision-making models could be a very helpful tool when making or trying to making a decision. Decision-making models help by questioning oneself as to what he or she is trying to make a decision on or about, by questioning the individual’s skills and/or capabilities, or by questioning the needs and/or wants of an individual, just to name a few.
With many decision-making models to choose from, Leonard chose a very basic one from a website which could relate to some everyday decision-making experiences. The model consisted of seven different topics and/or questions which said to first, identify the decision to be made; secondly, know yourself (skills, values, interest, personality); third, identify options; fourth, gather information and data; fifth, evaluate options (list the pros and cons of each option); sixth, select one of those options (based on the information gathered); and seventh, design a course of action to implement that decision (Decision-Making Model).
Leonard has been working within his current department for almost 11 years now. Very respected by others in his department, he was asked if he had thought about applying for a management position that was open at the time. To Leonard, there was not much thought to put into making the decision because of the knowledge that he had already obtained from his past manager and of that manager’s experiences. For a manager, there is no longer just an eight...