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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 28: Five steps in making a decision

1. Define the objective – Having recognized the need for a decision, specify the aim or objective.

2. Identify the factors – The factors are any circumstance, fact or influence that contributes to a result.

3. Develop options – List possible courses of action; generate ideas.

4. Evaluate and decide – List the pros and cons; examine the consequences; measure against relevant criteria; undertake trials; test against objectives; select the best.

5. Implement – Act to carry out the decision; monitor the decision; review the decision.

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