Weighing alternative actions and making decisions that reflect the facts of
Decisions are based upon logical assumptions that take into consideration
the organization’s resources. Many jobs require people to make decisions
in several areas. Once all pertinent and available information has been
analyzed and alternatives have been developed, individuals must consider
the pros and cons of each alternative and select the best one. Judgment
specifically deals with the quality of decisions based on given or available
information. Judgment, therefore, is strongly related to analysis. If a poor
decision was made because of inadequate information, evaluate analysis,
not judgment. If the employee decided not to obtain or consider
information and a poor decision resulted, look at judgment.
1. Give two or three examples of good decisions you have made
within the last 12 months. How do you know they were good?
2. Describe a difficult decision you have had to make within the last 12
months. What were some alternatives? Why did you choose the
one you did?
3. Describe a situation in which you involved others in a decision
making process. Why did you include the others?
4. Discuss the pros and cons of an important decision you made at
5. Have you ever made a decision that had a negative impact at
work? What caused the negative results? Why?