The first rule of decision making: Do not make a decision until …

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  • October 25, 2009

I received an article from Results Groups Stephen Lynch today that makes an interesting point. If everyone agrees on something then you have to go away and come back with some points you disagree on otherwise you are not making proper decision.

Here is the bit I'm referring to:

As Peter Drucker said:

“The first rule of decision making is – Do not make a decision unless there is disagreement first. If everyone agrees at the outset, tell them to go away and come back with some counter viewpoints.

"The right decision requires adequate disagreement first. Disagreement helps generate fallback alternatives. Disagreement stimulates the imagination. The effective decision maker does not start out assuming they know the right course of action, and that all others must be wrong. They start by stimulating disagreement and alternative opinions. Start by wanting to understand all the alternatives, not by thinking what is right or wrong, or who is right or wrong.

"Most executives are ineffective because they start by thinking that their opinion is the only way. No matter how high emotions run, no matter how much you think the other person is wrong, the effective executive forces themselves to welcome opposition as a means to better think through the alternatives”

via @stephenlynch