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By: Derek Flint

The Decision Paradigm

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Decisions, decisions, decisions… Throughout history, people have had to step up to the plate, and make tough decisions. Sometimes they have had time to plan, but often they have had to act spontaneously, knowing that the choices they make there and then are quite likely to be sifted over for months and years after should the outcome be ‘wrong’. In today’s litigious, ‘trial by media’ society, it is little wonder that people are less willing to put themselves in the firing line. But what if there was a better way? The Decision Paradigm gives an insight into that world. Using a step-by-step approach, the ‘Problem Oriented Decision System’ (PODS) leads to better problem analysis and provides a clear, evidence-based approach which enables the user to explain how they came to make the choice they did, and not just why? The Decision Paradigm is an essential handbook for anyone in the public or private sector who needs to take their organisation forward with accountable decision making.

Derek Flint enjoyed a long career as a senior police officer, working in a diverse range of specialisms from Armed Policing to Public Relations. He went on to work on entrepreneurial projects in the private sector and today practices as an executive coach and training specialist. He is a Lecturer in Policing at the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Justice, working on the degree programmes for student officers. He is married to Jacqui, has two grown up children and lives in Lancashire where he indulges in his passion for sports cars, carbon fibre bicycles and the beauty of the countryside.

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  • Christopher Sully

    It's now five years since I graduated from RAF Cranwell as a Reservist officer and this book provided a timely and useful reminder of, and an expansion on, some of the principles we were taught to use. Day-to-day life and work pressures can see us inevitably drifting away from some of those principles and Derek's book provides an invaluable guide to re-connect with those principles and develop them to a higher level. A timely reminder to to re-evaluate both company and individual Mission Statements, Visions, Values and Ethics. He offers some easy-to-grasp and notable real-life examples for consideration from the worlds of policing (Hillsborough, JC de Menezez at Stockwell, etc), the military (D-Day, 9/11 and the Red Arrows) and civvy street. The book offers an easy-to-follow guide to strategy planning (taking time to identify exactly what strategy is and isn't) and risk assessment. There are re-caps at the end of the chapters which are a good check of understanding. The PODS model explanation was new to me but makes great sense and has multiple uses in business life as Derek explains. Allied with models I already use (SMEAC and IIMARCH), he offers a Swiss-knife toolkit of options to help with decision making. The section on assessing and reviewing is very useful and gives some good steers on an area which is often neglected. A useful book which is well written and provides a great guide if you're new to the idea and a very useful reminder and development tool if you're familiar with some of the concepts. Chris Sully MD Manx Radio

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