10 Attributes of problems and decision making

Applying the Science of Systems Thinking to Decision Making
  1. Difficulty
    Range from simple to wicked or complex. This attribute depends on completeness of knowledge, number of people, information including opinions, and economics. What is known about the problem or decision? Redefining Successful Organizations , Businesses & Consultant s From The Rest
  2. Gravity
    Range from not serious or near zero concern to traumatic or dire. Is the problem or decision and decision-making of little to no concern or of critical concern?
  3. Familiarity or Proximity
    Range from personal to global including community. Who and how does the problem or decision affect: me, family, department, organization, community, state, nation, globe? 5 Range from non-transference to fully transferable or expandable to other problems or decisions. Is this a 1-off or single event or could it cascade or continue?
  4. Systemicity
    Range from a single component to system-wide or broad ranging. How does the problem or decision relate to the whole system? Gain deeper insight to lead & achieve your purpose.
  5. Impact
    Range from no effect or subtle to catastrophic or imminent. Could the problem or decision have effects in other areas?
  6. Viability
    Range from short-lived to long future. Is the problem solvable or the decision implementable?
  7. Acceptability or Desirability
    Range from selfish to widespread acceptance or buy-in or group consensus. Is the problem or decision the most desirable and by whom?
  8. Pliability
    Range from alterable to immovable. Is the problem or decision easily adjustable, changeable or alterable, or is it set or firmly established?
  9. Rationality
    Range from rational, sensible or logical to irrational or illogical. Is the problem or decision structured or unstructured or messy?

The 10 Attributes will be affected or influenced by both time and the agility of the problem-solvers and decision-makers in their response to problems or decisions as well as to the people involved. Response to problems and decisions, including decision-making, ranges from immediate or quick to stalled or slow, and from facile or flexible to fumbling, flailing or dysfunctional.


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