The Power of Rational Decision Making

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Rational decision making is one of the most common problem solving methods and can be used to solve almost all problems. Rational decision making and problem solving processes can be explained in a logical manner. Effective leaders use rational decision making processes to identify the problem, think up solutions, evaluate alternatives along with select a solution, implement and evaluate the final solution. In rational decision making leaders analyze the problem to achieve the most efficient choice through different possible alternatives from different scenarios before making a selection. Heuristic Heuristic problem solving can include intelligent guesswork, common sense, emotional thinking, short cut decision making, utilizing algorithmic thinking, experimentation, along with trial and error methods. Heuristic problem solving is an ongoing process and involves multiple decisions making processes that lead to the resolution of the problem. The Heuristic thinking process is considered a very natural thinking process for learning how to solve a problem. The Seven-Step Decision Making Process An understanding of the decision-making process is vital to successful school administration. Decision making skill is fundamental to management education (Bazerman, 1986; Huber, 1990). Effective Administrators need a systematic process to enhance the outcome however; there are many different ways to approach a decision making process along with problem solving methods. The Seven-Step Decision Making Process allows Administrators the opportunity to solve problems and make informed decisions that affect the day-to-day operation of their schools or district. The Seven-Step Decision Making Process can be used as a framework to clearly underst... ... middle of paper ... ...that school officials can be held responsible if they fail to take steps to protect gay and lesbian students from antigay harassment. The changing educational climate has created a need for school leaders to identify tools, and strategies and programs that will enhance the success of all students. The decision making process used by administration also impacts how other in the organization view them (Dalton, 2006). Reference “Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens”, (1990) – June 4. 496 U.S. 226 (1990). (USSC+). The decision is available at: http://www. and at http://www. Bazerman, M.H. (1990). Judgement in Managerial Decision Making. New York. Dalton, F. (2006). Pivotal decisions. Association Now, 2, 36-41. Huber, G.P. (1980). Managerial Decision Making. Glenview, IL: Scott Foresman
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