How Great Decisions Get Made

10 Easy Steps for Reaching Agreement on Even the Toughest Issues

 How Great Decisions Get Made

Author: Don Maruska
Pub Date: March 2006
Print Edition: $17.95
Print ISBN: 9780814473986
Page Count: 208
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814427521

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One Making Great Decisions

Part Two 10 Easy Steps for Reaching Agreement

1. Enlist Everyone--Invite Hidden Talent as Well as Visible Talent and Avoid Creating Enemies

2. Discover Shared Hopes--Multiply Your Prospects for Success

3. Uncover the Real Issues--Listen to Thoughts and Feelings

4. Identify All Options--See the Whole Tree Before You Go Out on a Limb

5. Gather the Right Information--Look Through the Lens of Your Hopes

6. Get Everything on the Table--100% Information, 0% Debate

7. Write Down Choices that Support Shared Hopes--Take the Guesswork Out of Decisions

8. Map Solutions--See Clear Results

9. Look Ahead--Be Prepared with Alternatives

10. Stay Charged Up--Celebrate Results

Part Three Six Strategies for Overcoming Obstacles

1. Don't Have Time? Try the 30-Minute Miracle

2. Not in Charge? Employ Persuasive Techniques

3. No Guide? Follow the Self-Directed Process

4. Very Large Group? Resolve Issues the Way You Play the Accordion

5. Can't Get Everyone Together? Be an E-Team

6. Stuck? Dissolve Old Differences

Epilogue: Be an Agent of Hope in a Fearful World

Appendix A: The 10-Step Assessment Index

Appendix B: Helpful Books

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