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Selecting Two Decision Approaches

Facing an Unavoidable Clash

There is a fundamental cultural clash, well known by managers, between:

► deciding matters in a systematic organized and enduring way, &
► responding rapidly with a decision that deals with the issue.

Diagonal sets in the Decision-making TET. Systematic versus Responsive methods

The two diagonals of the TET contain the approaches that define this unavoidable clash, called the Approach Duality (aD) in THEE.

The maroon diagonal contains approaches that seek to provide inner control over outer complexity. This takes time and it requires being systematic. As the diagonal is ascended the approaches become more and more comprehensive in regard to factors to be handled.

The blue diagonal contains approaches that are responsive and enable a rapid, near spontaneous, handling of situations. As the diagonal is ascended, the approaches become increasingly sensitive to social and personal factors.

Selecting Complementary Approaches

Many people find their comfort zone lies in one of the quadrants. So they remain as:

Pairing the decision-making methods and noting different work-styles according to the quadrant.


However, choosing two approaches—one each from different quadrants and different diagonals—provides you with more resilience in working.

There are two psychologically natural ways to expand your repertoire and ability to cope with varied challenges:

■ Keep constant the «quality of relating» zone—which produces a horizontal alignment in the TET.

■ Keep constant the «effect on output» zone—which produces a vertical alignment in the TET.

In these combinations, the more powerful influence lies with the systematizing approach, irrespective of whether this links to a doer method or a supporter method.

Originally posted: 21-Apr-2011

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