Last week, when we began discussing the various components of the decision making process, I mentioned that one of the attributes a manager needed to have when making decisions was tunnel vision (or, really, a lack thereof).
Think of it this way – a tunnel is very narrow. When you’re in a tunnel you have very few options – either back up or move forward to find the nearest exit. Decision making, when done with tunnel vision, is very similar. Managers with tunnel vision find that they have very few alternatives to choose from when it’s time to make the final decision.
Why would a manager have tunnel vision? He might be biased towards or against a situation. He may also have a limited frame of reference, or experience, from which to draw from. He may be completely unfamiliar with the situation to begin with, making it difficult for him to even think of different alternatives.
Do you have tunnel vision? If so, what will you do to change the way you see things?