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decision making, leadership, group strategies

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ExEx 16016


Have you ever been faced with making a difficult decision? If so, you were likely challenged to discover facts, balance emotions, and take into account the conse¬quences that the resulting action will have on others. In other words, decision making is hard work! Decision making is also not an easy process for orga¬nizations, committees, and groups of people to under¬take. In all likelihood, we can remember times when a group successfully (or not so successfully) made a deci¬sion. Often, well-thought-out decisions are remembered for their successful impact on the group or community. Likewise, poor decision making by a group will long be remembered for its negative consequences. Therefore, productive and well-functioning committees and groups will employ a variety of strategic processes for making decisions.