Keeping with yesterday’s theme of unsolicited advice, like to talk about a decision tool that was shared in recent leadership class I attended. It’s called “L” cubed and “A” cubed. There are many decision tools out there, but I find this one interesting because incorporates an easily remembered mnemonic and encompasses the information needed to make a good decision.
– Listen. Before making a decision listen or read to all points of view. Ensure that you understand fully what you’re being told about the problem, purchase, or decision.
– Learn. Do your research, learn all there is to know about the problem, purchase, or decision you are about to make.
– Locate. Find others who have faced a similar problem and ask them about their experiences -this takes you back to the first L, listen. You should also locate any potential obstacles that will prevent you making a good decision.
– Ask. Ask a lot of questions. Use the 5W’s, who, what, when, where, and why, as well as how.
– Acknowledge. Recognize that many problems can’t be solved by yourself, and acknowledge that you will need help. Also acknowledge those who helped you later by saying thank you or sending thank you notes.
– Act. After you’ve gone through the entire exercise, by listening, by learning, by locating those that have similar experiences, by asking a lot of questions, acknowledging your shortfalls or help, act.
It sounds simple, and it is. That’s probably why it’s such an effective decision-making tool. Try it sometime.