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


- Pablo Picasso

Background

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.

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(Source: learning-mind.com/3-vital-steps-to-decision-making/)


Question

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?