Management Tip of the Day: Imprecision to aid decision-making

BOSTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - It's easy to equate crisp, clear,black-and-white decisions with good decisions, but often theopposite can be true, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practicalmanagement tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review andHBR.org (http:\\). Any opinions expressed are notendorsed by Reuters.

"It would be nice if decisions were always straightforward.But, a drive for clarity can actually be distracting when you'retrying to set priorities. Sometimes it's helpful to beimprecise. For example, rather than ranking projects in aspecific order of priority, assign them to broad buckets: 'mustdo,' 'should do,' and 'nice to do.'

Instead of giving projects a specific time period,categorize them as needing to get done 'now,' 'soon,' or 'in thefuture.' That way, instead of drawing distinctions betweenprojects, you can cluster ones with similar importance together.

This simplified approach lets you understand how urgentdifferent initiatives really are when compared to your overallstrategy, rather than to each other."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "To Get BetterDecisions, Get a Little Fuzzy" by Bob Frisch.

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