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Let us see how you make the decision in the following scenarios

Situation:

There’s a train track that divides into two tracks. There is a train heading towards the intersection between the two and you can control which track the train follows. Which track would you send the train down in the following scenarios?

Scenario 1:
There a 10 people working on track 1 and there is one person working on the track 2. In this scenario which track will you send the train to? If you select track 1 you kill 10 people. If you select track 2, you kill one person.

In this scenario most people will choose track 2.

Scenario 2:
There a 10 people working on track 1 ignoring the warning board stating it is a working track and there is one person working on the track 2 well aware his track is not operational. In this scenario which track will you send the train to? If you select track 1 you kill 10 people but it is their mistake of working on track 1. If you select track 2, you kill one person. He has not done anything wrong, but you kill him to save other 10.

In this scenario, people driven by rules choose track 1 and emotional people choose track 2.

Scenario 3:
There a 10 people working on track 1 ignoring the warning board stating it is a working track and there is one person working on the track 2 well aware his track is not operational and he happens to be your loved one. In this scenario which track will you send the train to? If you select track 1 you kill 10 people but it is their mistake of working on track 1. If you select track 2, you kill one person. He has not done anything wrong, but you kill him to save other 10.

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In this scenario, most people choose track 1.

If you notice, in all above scenarios the situation remained the same but the amount of information you know had increased from scenario to scenario. So, provide all the information to the decision maker so that the decision make is the right one. If you are the decision maker, make sure you gather all the possible information before you make a decision.

Decision making is a purposeful selection from among a set of alternatives in light of a given objective. Decision-making is not a separate function of management. In fact, decision-making is intertwined with the other functions, such as Planning, Coordinating, and Controlling. These functions all require that decisions be made.

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