Do you need to make great business decisions?

How the W.I.S.E. Choices Approach Helps

  • Take “5 minutes” to better ensure a more desired outcome. A little discipline and rigor go a long way.
  • Use a powerful framework for when decisions need to be carefully thought through, argued through, to reach a conclusion.
  • Conduct productive decision-making sessions with others.

I’ve always struggled making new options when there seem to be none. It was making me disappointed with myself, and was challenging for my career. After reading chapter 7 and adapting my mindset I no longer feel hopeless, and I am able to create and build my own options going forwards.

Selen Kocas, Quality Manager

I now use this W.I.S.E. method to take 5 min to ask the right questions, look at the downsides and the do nothing option, and work through the various possibilities. Special thanks for organising the book in chapters related to the number of options we have (none, one, two, three or more) and the time available to decide (5 min, 1 hour or 1 day). A very efficient way to focalise and reduce the stress of deciding how to start deciding.

Jerome Boisard, Health Coach

Chapter two, in particular, stood out as an absolute masterclass in decision-making. The methodology offered is not merely about finding answers, but about properly understanding the question itself. Dan compels us to dissect our problems, to peel back the layers of complexity, and distill them to their essence. This process, as Dan masterfully demonstrates, often makes the ‘right’ decision self-evident.

Nik Venios, Founder The Ideas Agency

 

Is your choice W.I.S.E. enough?
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Can you really make a W.I.S.E. Choice in a meeting?
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Meet Dan Kowalski

SOLUTION INSTIGATOR

I have an inquisitive mind.  After three decades working with clients, I have found there is always a better answer lying just beneath the surface. The challenge for me is finding the question that unlocks your answer.

Early in my career when faced with industry issues, I found I kept my cool, recorded the facts, and asked specific questions…lots of them.

Over time and instigating many workable and better solutions, a pattern emerged. I noticed most people are unable to see past their “usual thinking” to uncover a better answer.

Most other books on decision making offer either too much theory or just focus on one tool or situation. I wrote this book to share my learning and help people improve their decision-making skills in all situations. Especially for decisions where you need to decide quickly. Buy and use the book, and you will make W.I.S.E. Choices at Work and wherever else you choose.