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"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up."

- Pablo Picasso


The classical decision model is an approach to decision-making that explains to managers how they should make decisions.

The 6 steps of the classical decision model are:

  1. Recognizing and Defining the Decision Situation - Recognizing that a decision is necessary.  Something sparked interest to begin the process.

  2. Identifying Alternatives - Once the problem has been recognized, the search for creative solutions begins!

  3. Evaluating Alternatives - Different alternatives are evaluated.  They are tested for feasibility, satisfactoriness, and affordableness.

  4. Selecting the Best Alternative - One alternative must be chosen over the others based on optimization.

  5. Implementing the Chosen Alternative - The manager is now responsible for placing the the selected decision into effect.

  6. Following Up and Evaluating the Results - Reviewing on the chosen decision chosen to make sure it has served its original purpose.




Can the classical decision model be used in your own personal life when having to solve everyday problems or do you believe there a reason it is strictly for managers?

What kind of a mental check list do you personally go through when going through a decision-making cycle?