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Frode H

Hi Steve.
This is the kind of hands on article I love to read. This gives me something to use right away. I may actually dress up as zorro one day running around the office just for a blast! :) Well I liked the Z model as well. Cheers.

Robyn McIntyre

I like the chart. I will use it when I have my first meeting as chair of our public information and education committee.

Steve Roesler


Please send a photo when you decide to become Zorro:-)

Steve Roesler


Let us know how it went with the committee. It's always helpful to know what works, what doesn't, and how people used it.

Wally Bock

Great post, Steve, and another tool for my kit. I've used a similar four part system originally published as Innovation Styles by Dr. William Miller. His research identified four questions that people asked about change and innovation and found that the people/projects that were more successful tended to ask more of the four questions.

What's the goal or destination?
How will we get there?
Who is and needs to be involved?
What would be fun to try?

I've found that project briefings that answer all four questions in the intro get everyone to pay attention and not concentrate on asking their favorite question.

Eric Go

Hi, that is a good illustration.

However, a good discussion topic would be where will this quote play a role in the decision z model:

"the best thing is to make a decision quickly, as the worse thing that can happen is at the end you haven't made a decision at all".

Would like to hear your opinion on this.


Steve Roesler


Glad you found it useful. And, in listening to your description of the other model, it occurs to me that any good decision model will prompt discussion that leads to the Journalist's "Who?" "What?" "When?" "Where" and Why?" In business, the additional "How?" is required.

The real issue: have the right discussion of the right decision elements with the right people.

Now, off to research your source. . .

Steve Roesler

Well, Eric, here's how I look at that:

a. I'm with you: make a decision.

b. Make the decision based on the right data, the right meaning, the risk/reward aspects, and the ultimate impact on people/customers/employees.

A and B aren't mutually exclusive.


I agree w/ them! This is a nice illustration and explanation. Very useful during seminars regarding "Decision Making". thanks

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