How to Give a Decision Briefing - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I prepare a decision brief?
  • What hidden factors do I need to consider?
  • Why should I prewire a decision breifing?

This cast describes how to give a decision briefing to your manager.

We need a decision from our boss, and we can't get one. What do most of us do? Complain to our peers. This is not a recipe for success, nor changed behavior on your boss's part.

Usually, bosses don't make decisions because there's less pain associated with not making it than there is in making it. Once a boss makes a decision, she has the risk of being wrong. But until she makes the decision, very possibly the negative is that we get less time to take action because we're waiting on the decision. In other words, "no" pain for the boss.

How do we get our bosses to make a decision? How can we present a chance to make a decision in a way that maximizes our chances of getting one?

  1. Use The Career Tools Decision Brief Model: SOCRR
  2. Situation
  3. Options
  4. Comparison
  5. Recommendation
  6. Request
  7. Always Consider Two Hidden Factors: Time and Risk
  8. Use SOCRR Always - Longer or Shorter, Versus Important Enough or Not
  9. Effective Decision Briefs Are Virtually ALWAYS Pre-Wired

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used today at short notice!

listened to the podcast this morning and used the model as soon as I got into work.

we have an executive that has been failing to make a decision approving finance for a project arranged by another executive.  project for big ($95 billion organisation) on the brink of horrible collapse.

Podcast provided a nice bit of focus.. Thanks guys.

ps I'll let you know if it worked this afternoon!

pm ps That had mixed results:  For the first time we got a response, but it was only to say she had not made a decision and giving no timescale for one.  Horible collapse has started.

"Nothing in life is black or white.  There are just different shades of grey ..."

 Thanks for this podcast,

 Thanks for this podcast, there are quite a few things I did not know. I want to use it with my boss on monday. I will let you know next week how it went. 

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To become an effective

To become an effective manager, you should listen to your people and make decisions with the team. It doesn't require any conference. - Missed Fortune

aka "You Had Me At Hello"

Used this today and (of course) it worked perfectly.  And as a side benefit this structure is great for the summary email to my High-D boss.



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