How to Avoid Making Decisions (2)

Please choose the most appropriate answer for each sentence.
  • 1

    Pass the .....: Pass off the responsibility of making the decision to someone else; do not make decisions by yourself, but bring in someone to blame if things go wrong.

  • 2

    Have second thoughts: Second thoughts have ..... more useful decisions than all the difficult circumstances and overwhelming obstacles fate could ever throw at you; and undermining your authenticity by succumbing to someone else's second thoughts is a subtle and seductive form of self-abuse.

  • 3

    Succumb to failure: Believe that the choices you will make are predestined and you are ..... to fail (one gets used to failure) versus the result of hard work and thought.

  • 4

    Set up a committee: A committee is a ..... down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled; the greatest things are often accomplished by individual people, not by committees.

  • 5

    False decentralization: this could take place when an authoritative manager assigns accountability to a new 'director of' for every new decision-making problem, but does not ..... any authority.

  • 6

    Commonsense-based decisions: If you start making decisions on the basis of ..... wisdom or chatter in the hall, generally speaking, you will make the wrong decision; what is called common sense is almost always uncommon.

  • 7

    Failure to understand the problem: This is caused by, among other things, subjectivity, irrational analysis, lateness or ....., lack of sensitivity, and lack of focus.

  • 8

    Rationalization to limit the course of actions: This strategy is very popular - ..... the cards to make one alternative clearly right and remove all risk.

  • 9

    Information: Some information gathered is not valid - decisions are often made first and information sought to support the solution, or much of the information gathered is ..... to the decision-making.

  • 10

    False alternative: This attempts to ..... the decision-maker into a corner from which there is no escape except to accept the alternative.

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