For some, decisions are straightforward and there is a clear direction to follow, because of laws, guidelines, policies or protocols that dictate which action is right or wrong, acceptable or inappropriate.
For others, the laws and policies may be clear enough, but personal values dictate a different course of action in line with morality or conscience, making decisions much more difficult.
'Sitting on the Fence':
- Most professionals prefer to avoid this position, for fear that others may judge them as indecisive or uncertain.
- Yet often we find that 'fence sitting' provides a unique vantage point from which the values and behaviours of others can be observed at a respectable distance.
- The cognitive process of predicting potential implications arising from decisions.
- People can be trained to improve their ability to forecast, by expanding the number of consequences they are prepared to explore, including implications for themselves and others.