To Make Smart Decisions, Use Evidence

You and your colleagues are under intense pressure to make decisions with incomplete information. True, evidence abounds to help you make the right choices. But many managers ignore it--relying instead on outdated information or using their own experiences to arrive at decisions. Result? Poor-quality choices that waste time and money.

To avoid this scenario, start an evidence-based management movement in your organization: Every time someone proposes a change, ask for evidence of its efficacy. Clarify the logic behind the evidence--looking for faulty cause-and-effect reasoning. And encourage everyone to stay current in their field, so they continue gathering knowledge about what does and doesn't work.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 23, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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