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Have you ever made a decision that looked like the best thing since sliced bread when you made it, but came back to bite you 6 months later? We have all made those decisions and sadly, continue to do so.
Is there any technique and/or tool that can help us avoid the bite? The Three I’s may help.
The Three I’s provide a method for looking at decisions from a whole systems perspective. The first I stands for Implications. Ask yourself, “What are the potential short-term (0 to 6 months) implications of this decision?” Think about the “whole system” – your entire business, etc. and brainstorm a list.
The second I requires you to look at Interrelationships. Who and what will be affected by this decision today, tomorrow and in the future? Who in the organization will be affected, front-line employees, managers, etc.? What systems, work processes, policies and procedures will be affected?
The third I is Impact. What will be the long-term impact (6 months to 3 years)? Will employees need to be terminated, will new investments be required to support the decision, will the decision support the company’s strategic plan?
Every decision has short-term implications, involves interrelationships, and has long-term impact. Think through the Three I’s to help escape those butt-biting decisions.
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