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Decision Making and Problem Solving, 2nd Edition by John Adair

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MAKE THE DECISION

The critical preliminary activity here is to establish the selection criteria. It is worth dividing them into different levels of priority. (See Figure 2.5)

Figure 2.5 Decision-making criteria

Unless an option meets the MUST requirements you should discard it. But after the essentials have been satisfied, the list of desirables – highly desirable SHOULDs or pleasant addition MIGHTs – comes into play.

Choosing a car is a relatively simple case, because there is a finite number of models to choose from and a relatively simple list of criteria. In order to help you choose in more complex cases, remember that you can make a decision ...

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