Category Archives for "Decision Making"

Use an Excel-Based Decision Matrix for Critical Decisions

Decision Making , Excel

Prioritizing, justifying, and documenting decisions are easier when you use an Excel-based decision matrix. However, there are a few rules that will make this work better for you. For clarity, this description and the downloadable Excel sheet show a set of prioritized projects. You can use this method to prioritizing or deciding between many types […]

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Do You Have What It Takes? The Skills 1,261 Recruiters Value Most

Career , Communication Skills , Creativity , Decision Making , Strategy , Time Management and Personal Productivity , Work-Life Balance

Bloomberg Business reporters Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon completed the Bloomberg annual survey of which job skills are most valued in managers. They reported their results on Bloomberg.com on February 9, 2016. I thought this was something you might find of value in your career and learning decisions. I hope you do find it of […]

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How to Combine Bubble and Column Excel Charts – Creating a Dynamic Four Quadrant – Matrix Model

Charts , Decision Making , Excel

A static Four Quadrant – Matrix Model is fine if you’re working with something like the Steven Covey – Eisenhower time-management matrix or a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) matrix that just contain lists and there is no difference between item weightings. But, what about Four Quadrant – Matrix Models where the quadrants change […]

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How to Create a Static Four Quadrant – Matrix Model in an Excel Chart

Charts , Decision Making , Excel

The Four Quadrant – Matrix Model is a valuable decision making tool. This article will show you how to create a Four Quadrant – Matrix Model in an Excel chart, add multi-line data labels to each data point, add a graphic background, and more. Another article shows you how to create a dynamic Four Quadrant […]

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Excel’s Four Quadrant – Matrix Model Chart : Don’t Make a Decision without It!

Analysis , Balanced Scorecard , Charts , Dashboards , Decision Making , Excel , Strategy , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , Time Management , Time Management and Personal Productivity

The Four Quadrant or Matrix Model is one the most valuable and widely used tools for decision making. This article has short descriptions of a few famous Four Quadrant – Matrix Model charts. The related article shows you how to create the two most used types using Excel charts. You can’t be a successful consultant […]

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Best Practice Brainstorming

Creativity , Decision Making , Meeting Leading , Teamwork

Sitting through a “worst practices” brainstorming is frustrating and pointless. This article gives you a step-by-step process for best practice brainstorming. This process works. It’s fun. And it produces results. It’s the basis for many processes that Critical to Success will describe in other articles. For example, you can expand on this brainstorming process to […]

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Most Brainstorming is Worthless when It could be Awesome!

Creativity , Decision Making , Meeting Leading , Teamwork

Brainstorming is a very important creative business tool – When You Do It Right! The problem is that most brainstorming sessions could produce so much better results. The brainstorming process I’m about to describe follows best-practices in neuroscience research. I’ve used it for years. It’s fun and it produces great results. The first brainstorming session […]

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Post-It ®Notes – Power Tools for the Brain

Creativity , Decision Making , Teamwork

3M Post-It® notes are like power tools for the brain. Actually, a better metaphor is that they are power tools for multiple brains working together. They are great tools for generating ideas, developing project management work flows, mapping processes, developing tasks lists, and more. If you’re working with a group you will want to use […]

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