The Dynamics of Decision Making
Cantalupo, Jack, The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
"From much hard-won experience in American politics and war, [George Washington] had learned to work closely with his subordinates." --David Fischer
Few people have the time to research all of the available decision-making models and choose one that best fits the current issue. Indeed, many decisions have to be made rapidly, so almost everyone relies on precedence of past decision-making methodologies to guide them in solving the current issue. While reliance on past successes often works, it sometimes fails. Effective decision making requires an appreciation of the unique situation at hand. Leaders must find a particular style that works, but, to be effective, they also must have the flexibility to adjust their decision-making style based on the specific dilemma.
My love of history has provided a fertile field of examples in decision making and leadership, two concepts inevitably linked together. I found a particularly wonderful passage in David Fischer's book Washington's Crossing. Fischer described George Washington's approach to decision making.
From much hard-won experience in American politics and war, he had learned to work closely with his subordinates. …