Sunday, November 5, 2017
Pro & Con list, a common decision-making technique, now sometimes called a decisional balance sheet:
... my Way is, to divide half a Sheet of Paper by a Line into two Columns, writing over the one Pro, and over the other Con. Then during three or four Days Consideration I put down under the different Heads short Hints of the different Motives that at different Times occur to me for or against the Measure. When I have thus got them all together in one View, I endeavour to estimate their respective Weights; and where I find two, one on each side, that seem equal, I strike them both out: If I find a Reason pro equal to some two Reasons con, I strike out the three. If I judge some two Reasons con equal to some three Reasons pro, I strike out the five; and thus proceeding I find at length where the Ballance lies; and if after a Day or two of farther Consideration nothing new that is of Importance occurs on either side, I come to a Determination accordingly.
What happens when you don’t explain your decisions? Well, people will jump to their own conclusions – which are often negative.
Maybe it is sometimes uncomfortable explaining your decisions. But I’d like to think that in the long term, the reward is worth it.
When you explain the reasons for decisions, it is easier for others to respect the decision. It is easier for you to respect yourself. And it is easier for others to learn what they need to do if they want to succeed.