Tag: decision making

3D Juggling 647: Winning Bananagrams

Goodbye and thank you to James Grenfell who is moving on to work full time for US.

Claire writes: “I’m just back from a month sabbatical, where I carried our faithful Bananagrams bag to provide entertainment.  It’s Scrabble-Like with no board.  Mike hates playing with me because I win.  And I win because midway through the game I see that I am stuck and mix up the letters and create a completely different set of words.  He likes the words he’s made and tried to fix new ones to them.

The long planned sabbatical was to walk the Camino in Spain with Peronel – a 30 day pilgrimage that we had begun to train for, and to which we were looking forward. Then some big stuff happened at home, and the Camino was no longer an option.  I kept the time in the diary but had no idea what would emerge.  Mid April, some things freed up, and a completely new sabbatical time emerged which was as good as if not better than the original plan.  The only similarity was that the essence of space and adventure and downtime was still there.

As I unpacked over the weekend, and put away Bananagrams, I was reminded that at work and in life it’s often important to be willing to push aside some or all of the pieces and use them to create something new.  And that can often be good.”

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3D Juggling 616: Planned Neglect

Claire writes: “I’m running a Masterclass on designing actions later today and it crossed my mind that we often think actions are things to do. Choosing how to be can be an action as well.  And so can doing nothing – or even stopping doing things.  Which reminded me of a great quote from the Rule of Life of the Companions of Brother Lawrence:

“For us, planned neglect will mean deliberately choosing which things we will leave undone or postpone, so that instead of being oppressed by a clutter of unfinished jobs, we think out our priorities under God and then accept without guilt or resentment the fact that much we had thought we ought to do we must leave.”

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3D Juggling 407: Extravagant Thinking

Claire writes: ‘The Maths teacher in me loves to listen to people deciding whether to go for the lowest common denominator decision or the highest common factor. Too often in organisations when a group decision is needed, we end up with something nearer the lowest common denominator which doesn’t necessarily mean the best decision. Put 6 people together and it would be lovely to see them thinking with more than 600% of the thinking of one person. What makes it feel like 60%, I wonder?

At the moment the pressure of meeting costs and deadlines at work can make staff feel under even more pressure to make quick and consensual decisions. And thinking extravangantly of the very best possible solution doesn’t necessarily mean more money. So in the next few decisions you need to make, see what ideas you get when you think extravagantly!

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3D Juggling 398: Rabbit in the Headlights

Peronel writes: “My brother texted me in Crete very early in the morning on the day the news about XL broke. My responses were various. Indecision. I had a balance of choices and was tempted to defer to those who “know best”. Yet there was pain in the indecisiveness and the not knowing which way to move. If I acted on one piece of information, was I alienating myself from others? If I waited to be guided by advice from “the authorities”, would I have control over the length of time I would be “caught in between knowledge and action”? Was following my gut instinct to cut and run immediately an overreaction, recognising that this was not an invasion or war, but a breakdown of transportation!

It appeared that I had no one helping me make the decision. That was not true. What was true was that I had no one making the decision for me. I needed to take ownership of the decision in order to regain my sense of balance. Once my first decision was made to get a new flight on the credit card ASAP, I worked through the outstanding issues one by one: find new accommodation, cancel previously arranged accommodation, reorganise transfer details; arrange to borrow some money. And as all of those points became clear, there was someone available either in person or on the phone who was willing and able to help at each stage.

How like life! Make the first step – just do it – and then it’s possible to get moving. So when I made the choice and actioned my decision, I was no longer wobbly, feeble and acting like a rabbit in the head lights. I was out of the glare. And able to accept the help of those who were in a position to help me… As for XL: we still have to have the discussions! Glad I did not wait.”

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3D Juggling 389: Asking the right questions

Claire writes: ‘I was speaking at a meeting the other day and a lady came up to me and asked: “Do you ever employ people?” At the time I was managing a number of questions from a small crowd that had gathered after the talk. So I answered – yes – but we hvae no vacancies at the moment. I was tired and answered the question I was asked!

A much more effective question, or supplementary, of course is: Who do you know who I need to be talking to about….? Given a couple of minutes I could have suggested a few names and organisations. But I answered the question I was asked.

At another event last week, there was talk about speaking to a government minister. ‘We may only have 5 minutes’, said a participant ‘we have to be clear what we’re asking for.’

Which connects with my latest favourite quotation from Albert Einstein: “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”

The same stands when we plan to ask the question of someone else!’

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