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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Omnishambles (05/01/14)

TITLE: Flawed Decisions
By Edmond Ng
05/06/14


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    Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. (2 Samuel 12:13 NAS)

When Jürgen Schrempp, CEO of Daimler-Benz, led the merger of Chrysler and Daimler against internal opposition, he did not know nine years later, his decision would force Daimler to virtually give Chrysler away in a private equity deal. Steve Russell, chief executive of Boots drugstore chain, launched a healthcare strategy to differentiate the stores from competitors, but it turned out to offer little profit potential and contributed to Russell’s early departure from the top job. These executives were highly qualified for their jobs, yet they made decisions that soon seemed clearly wrong, according to a Harvard Business Review article by Andrew Campbell, Jo Whitehead, and Sydney Finkelsteinan at HBR.org.

“From our analysis of these cases, we concluded that flawed decisions start with errors of judgment made by influential individuals,” the article continued. “Hence we needed to understand how these errors of judgment occur.”

“We depend primarily on two hardwired processes for decision making. Our brains assess what’s going on using pattern recognition, and we react to that information—or ignore it—because of emotional tags that are stored in our memories. Both of these processes are normally reliable … But in certain circumstances, both can let us down.”

Flawed decisions made from poor judgment can lead to chaos or the rippling effect of blunders, which often carry serious consequences. When King David made the decision to covet Bathsheba and put her husband Uriah to death, the consequences David bore was the death of his son and the sword never departing from his house (2 Samuel 11:2-27; 12:10-18).

All of us know making right decisions is never easy, but sometimes we can observe some telltale signs of potential problematic consequences with the help of pattern recognition. Depending on how we react to the information we have at hand or ignore it because of emotional tags, we can then make our own decisions. Nevertheless, no single decision made is foolproof or guarantees success, except when made according to the word of God.

In the case of Daimler-Benz, Schrempp chose to go ahead with his decision despite internal opposition. Russell, in the case of Boots, made his decision without sufficient knowledge of the market. King David, in his moment of weakness, made the decision to covet even though he knew it was wrong, and as a result displeased the LORD (2 Samuel 11:27; 12:9, 14).

Are we making decisions without considering the views of others? Have we studied enough to understand the needs of the market and the people around us to make informed decisions? Do we know the word of God well enough to make the right decisions? Are we knowingly or subconsciously making wrong decisions because of emotional attachment?

Whether we have made the right or wrong decisions, we need to learn from our past and get on ahead. If we have sinned, let us like King David confess our sins to God, repent, and receive God’s forgiveness. Seek the will of God and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us when making decisions. Take into consideration the feedback and views of others. Do a thorough research before assessing what’s going on, and make informed decisions without emotional entanglements.

Dear Lord, help us make the right decisions. Forgive us for the wrong decisions we made at times. Guide us by Your Holy Spirit to know how to assess every situation, so we might not in our moments of weakness choose the wrong path or make a flawed decision because of emotional tags or attachment. Your will is what we seek to fulfill in every decision we make, for our desire and joy is to glorify Your holy name.


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CD Swanson 05/08/14
The wisdom comes from the Lord, and sometimes we just don't listen to His voice. As your piece so masterfully states, it could have repercussions for many.

Well done, well said. Great job. I loved the closing prayer.

God bless~
Gregory Kane05/10/14
I also liked the closing prayer.
I wonder if perhaps the topic called for a sequence of flawed choices leading to a shambles, rather than individual errors. You could have developed the story of David in this way to show how one mistake led to another and so on.
Nevertheless, a good devotional piece.
Francie Snell 05/10/14
This article really hit me between the eyes. I needed to read this today. God used your writing to convey His truth to me in a wonderful way. Thank you for the message.
Judith Gayle Smith05/13/14
Excellent.
Francie Snell 05/15/14
Congratulations on 2nd place.
Well done.
CD Swanson 05/15/14
Congrats!

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/15/14
Congratulations on ranking 2nd in your level and 19 overall! The highest rankings can be found on the boards.
Judith Gayle Smith05/16/14
So well written . . .

Congratulations!
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