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  • Writer's pictureCristina Stone

Good Judgement

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better’ - Maya Angelou


In a world where change is a constant factor of life, the need to cultivate the capability for good judgement has never been more urgent. It is undeniable that good judgement is inextricably linked to the ability to make effective decisions, but can we acquire the necessary abilities and mental tools that make up this skill, and when we do, can we improve it?

Sir Andrew Likierman, Professor of Management Practice at London Business School says that ‘good judgement combines what you’re born with and what you learn, but it can be honed and improved’.

He defines judgement as ‘the ability to combine personal qualities with relevant knowledge and experience, to form opinions and take decisions’,and has identified six key elements that together, constitute good judgement: learning,trust, experience, detachment, options, and delivery. He also suggests that there are practical ways on how to improve each element.

Read the full article at Harvard Business review and consider what your own history of decision- making might tell you about what could be at risk:

  • Learning: What are your information filters? What do you delete? What do you distort?When do you generalise? What do you focus on and at what expense

  • Trust: When considering information, how do you ensure that it is valid, reliable, sufficient,inclusive, relevant, current and accurate?

  • Experience: Where/how do you need to improve the tracking and unpacking of decision outcomes in order to ensure continuous learning? Where do you need to broaden your experience?

  • Detachment: When do your emotions crowd out objectivity? How could a clear and objective set of rules help you guide better decision-making?

  • Options: Who sits around the decision-making table with you? Who is missing?

  • Delivery: When considering the feasibility of execution, what benefit might there be in assessing whether options are ‘practicable’? (able to be done or put into practice successfully).

Best wishes


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