How to Stop Circular Discussions about Decisions

One of the ways that meetings can be both frustrating and inefficient is when participants are faced with a situation and are going around and around debating alternative solutions.

I’ve found it’s very helpful to remember that decision making has three components: 

  • The objectives or results desired
  • Alternative options to achieve the objectives, and
  • Risks inherent in the alternatives.

When faced with a problem, people often skip the objectives and jump right to the alternatives and get mired in the pros and cons.   At that point, it’s best to interrupt the discussion and get clear on the objectives or desired results.  Usually, that moves the entire decision process along.

Copyright 2019  Bob Legge


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