2007-02-04

Decision Making

We think in generalities; but we live in detail - Alfred North Whitehead

Whitehead's message can explain why we regret many decisions and why many decisions go wrong. There is no rocket science; it is the way our mind works. As long as we are physically away from something, the mind tend to factor in only 30k feet level issues; but once we get physically close to something, the mind starts factoring details.

At the time of considering a job, do you ever think of the type of the chair that you may have to sit in the organization that you join. The chairs the organization use may cause acute backache to you, which further may result in your rethinking about the job. Similarly, a loud-mouthed neigbourhood colleague; some policies of the organization, the boss...any of these can cause one to rethink about decisions.

To all ISBians, who will make critical decisions in the next couple of weeks - while it is not easy, try and think about the details of the job/ career and not just about the pay packet and the glamor quotient of the job/company on campus.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, came across your blog thru a google search and found it very interesting, especially the parts you wrote during your days at ISB. I will be joining the ISB class of 2008 in april. any words of advice? :)

AD said...

Well said!
As always, the devil lies in the detail.

BTW...I've read many of your earlier posts as well. You have the not-so-common ability to present ideas/thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Keep up the good work!

2007-02-04

Decision Making

We think in generalities; but we live in detail - Alfred North Whitehead

Whitehead's message can explain why we regret many decisions and why many decisions go wrong. There is no rocket science; it is the way our mind works. As long as we are physically away from something, the mind tend to factor in only 30k feet level issues; but once we get physically close to something, the mind starts factoring details.

At the time of considering a job, do you ever think of the type of the chair that you may have to sit in the organization that you join. The chairs the organization use may cause acute backache to you, which further may result in your rethinking about the job. Similarly, a loud-mouthed neigbourhood colleague; some policies of the organization, the boss...any of these can cause one to rethink about decisions.

To all ISBians, who will make critical decisions in the next couple of weeks - while it is not easy, try and think about the details of the job/ career and not just about the pay packet and the glamor quotient of the job/company on campus.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, came across your blog thru a google search and found it very interesting, especially the parts you wrote during your days at ISB. I will be joining the ISB class of 2008 in april. any words of advice? :)

AD said...

Well said!
As always, the devil lies in the detail.

BTW...I've read many of your earlier posts as well. You have the not-so-common ability to present ideas/thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Keep up the good work!