Decision making: a quiz
I've written multiple times about decision making, because it's important in business (it's important in life, too, but I'm writing about business here). Sometimes it's good to test one's insights against criteria set by others.
I just took the Entscheider-Test (Decision-maker Test) at manager-magazin. The result?
Sie sind ein Topentscheider!
Sie haben 23 von 24 möglichen Punkten erreicht.
Sie sind ein mit allen Wassern gewaschener Entscheider, der sich von niemandem mehr etwas vormachen lässt.
I feel good! Had I done worse, though, I wouldn't necessarily have felt bad; I would have used the time to review what I answered differently than was given in their solutions, and, whether I decided they were right or I was right, I would have learned.
This test, done by manager-magazin and Kai-Jürgen Lietz, author of Das Entscheider - Buch, seems based firmly in the rational decision-making model (I haven't read the book yet; I'm taking that from the questions and answers). That means it's from the same general philosophical thread as the Kepner-Tregoe approach. I took a week-long Kepner-Tregoe course years ago and have found it very helpful in my work, even as I try to incorporate other decision-making tools in my professional toolbox, so I'll keep an eye on Lietz' blog to see what I can learn.
As I was searching to find that test again, I found Die Deutschen und der Tunnelblick with the intriguing lead sentence, "Sind unsere Entscheider Fachidioten?" ("Are our decision-makers technical idiots?"). It's an interesting article for those who wish to compare attitudes in Germany, France, the U.K., and the USA on how managers get the education they need.
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