Decision-Making: Process and Tools
Pictures, and Concepts” (SL#98)
by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director
Moench Center for Church Leadership
Personal Note: In complementary support of all the articles
on decision-making posted in SL Library, this one is plainly described as
Graphics, Pictures, and Concepts,” serving as a backdrop or visual approach
to skill development. The concepts are more fully treated throughout the four
sets of articles.
The graphics are primarily adapted from PowerPoint instruction
presentations of two different training approaches to decision-making:
- From Decision-Making: For Life
and Leadership by William M. Pinson, Jr. and Lloyd Elder,
which is SkillTrack® #10, a text for a six-hour
conference. (visit SkillTrack® Store)
- From “Decision-Making: Ten Keys That Really Work,”
a two-hour seminar developed by Lloyd Elder based on research for the publication
cited above, primarily on processes and tools.
- Other frameworks for applying decision-making to all phases of
life and leadership: personal, small group, or congregational.
The decision-making process begins with definition, is aided
by the example of others, has various boundaries, and must involve the right
- Decision-making is more effective when you assess the nature of
the decision, and your basic perception of possibilities.
- These two grids may help you assess your basic style of leadership, and
also visualize your own participation.
- Decision-making almost always involves others, so you must learn to decide
and act within your most effective way.
- “Decisions Great and Small” range from the most routine action
to the grandest design; your process should match the decision and its context.
- “Decisions Great and Small”--continued:
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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church