Sunday, January 12, 2014

Decision Making - influence of Brain Characteristics

In the last byte, we looked at the Z-model of decision making. In today's byte, we look at some characteristics of the brain that influence decision making.

Numerous individual differences affect a manager's decision making of these, the manager's preference of logic or creativity influence most of the decisions that the individual makes. This difference of preference for logic or creativity has its origin from the individual's brains.

Human brain has two lateral halves - the right and the left. The right hemisphere is responsible for creative functions while the left hemisphere is responsible for logic, detail and planning.

Clearly, each of these thinking comes with its own advantage and the best situation is to be "brain-lateral", i.e. to use either logic or creativity or both based on the situation one gets in.  There are ways by which one could develop either side of the brain which one is not accustomed to using.

For a manager, it is important to visualize the big picture - put a vision and plan strategically (predominantly right brain) and at the same time should be able to understand day-to-day operations and flow of work (predominantly left brain)
It would be interesting to discuss the two dimensions of intuition and creativity and we shall continue that in the next few bytes.

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