What is a good decision?

Frederic Laloux makes the following distinctions in Reinventing Organizations, page 46.

  • In the Impulsive-Red perspective, a good decision is the one that gets me what I want.
  • In Conformist-Amber, decisions are held up to the light of conformity to social norms.
  • In Achievement-Orange, effectiveness and success are the yardsticks by which decisions are made.
  • In Pluralistic-Green, matters are judged by the criteria of belonging and harmony.
  • In Evolutionary-Teal, there is a shift from external to internal yardsticks in the decision-making. Does this decision seem right? Am I being true to myself? Am I being of service to the world?


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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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