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Decision Making is a Skill

When we think of skills, we often think about clearly defined, easily measureable capabilities. There are, of course, soft skills, people skills, etc. I’ve been thinking lately about the skill of decision making. A Product Manager’s job can be roughly divided into general tasks:

  • Talking
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Deciding

It’s not hard to evaluate the first three. You inevitable listen to someone talk in an interview. They’re generally required to listen. You might solicit writing examples. Decision making seems to be the odd one out. How do you evaluate a person’s ability to, first, make decisions and second to make good decisions? I’m definitely not the first person to wonder about this. Here are some things to read on the topic:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decision_theory

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/02/27/i-can-t-think.html

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106974476

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