Prioritising and Getting to a decision

The majority of people are used to thinking convergently where they are using logic, reasoning and their powers of deduction to arrive at a suitable answer, solution or course of action. The following is a list of the convergent thinking techniques together with the situations in which they work best.

The Four Box Model and the Matrix are ways of presenting data, which may be causing conflict. The Four Box model collects data in two dimensions whilst the Matrix collates it across three or more dimensions. These can be used to ‘sort’ data and begin to prioritise and ‘score’ the information.

Relative Importance Grid is a useful tool for identifying priorities or selecting the key issues/aspects or options. Dots is similar but more visual. Essential and Desirable helps to establish the critical factors from the ‘nice to haves’.


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Essential and Desirable

Essential and Desirable

The group needs to be able to decide on the suitability of potential solutions and scenarios using an agreed set of essential and desirable criteria....
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Four Box Model

Four Box Model

Two independent factors, each with extremes (e.g . “…It’s more about cost” …”No to me it’s about the benefit”). If you detect two different...
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Going Dotty! (see also Relative Importance Grid) Used when differentiation between issues or people is needed

Going Dotty! (see also Relative Importance Grid) Used when differentiation between issues or people is needed

Whenever the group is faced with deciding: priorities; an order of importance; order of action; who is keen on certain factors and stopping or...
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Matrix Charting

Matrix Charting

Anytime, when there are multiple factors being considered as part of a whole. You will hear people arguing and see people speaking at cross-purposes....
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Relative Importance – RIG (see also Going Dotty!)

Relative Importance – RIG (see also Going Dotty!)

The group needs to decide on the importance of each of a number of both related and unrelated items. There are a number of issues, each of which has...
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