Decision making refers to the act of selecting one or more options from those available; it does not involve creating possible options. Decision making may take place by default; that is, without consciously recognizing that an opportunity for decision making exists. This fact will lead us to the very first element in a definition for decision making. To have a decision making situation, there must be at least two alternatives. If there is only one course of action there will be no decision making, for there is nothing to decide.
The following are links that will
provide you with additional information on related areas. Included
are such topics as Problem Solving, Decision Making, Idea Generation Techniques
such as brainstorming and focus groups, and an exercise in group problem
making is an act of responsibility. If we make our own decisions
we can no longer blame others for everything that goes wrong. We
must then take responsibility for our own selves. The simple task
of deciding to decide, when it becomes a habit, can become a greater step
towards empowerment. To decide is to take power into ones own life.
Not to decide, is to let go of the power that lies right in front of you.
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Galanes, Gloria J. and Brilhart, John K. Communication in Groups: Applications and Skills, Third Edition. Brown & Benchmark Publishers, Dubuque, IA, 1997.
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Cathcart, Robert S., Henman, Linda D., and Samovar, Larry A. Small Group Communication. Brown and Benchmark, Chicago, 1996.