The Eight Steps in a Best Choice

“Taking responsibility gives us power and control, because when we recognize the relationship between our choices and their consequences, then the next time we don’t like a consequence we can make a different choice.”

~ Julie A., M.A. Ross and Judy Corcoran

The Eight Steps in a Best Choice

By Owen Allen

  1. Recognize that a Choice Situation exists.
  2. Write a clear choice statement.
  3. List what the situation needs.
  4. List at least three alternatives that might satisfy the needs.
  5. Measure the alternatives against the needs and make a tentative choice.
  6. List the Future troubles that might occur if the tentative choice is the final choice.
  7. If there are no overwhelming Future Troubles, the tentative choice is the final choice.
  8. If there are overwhelming Future Troubles, the Future Troubles of the second-best alternative are listed, and if they are less than those in the tentative choice, the second-best alternative is the final choice (p. 45).

From: Allen, O. (2012).  Preactive leadership: three actions that can double your leadership ability in one week – whether you’re leading a corporation, civic club, church, government agency, family or yourself.  Denver: Management House Books.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

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