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New Hampshire Microbrewery’s owner, Eli Hopps, is facing a dilemma and has put the decision making in your hands. He wants you to create a presentation for the stakeholder groups of NHM that outlines both the final decision and how you came to that as the best option.

  • All of the stakeholders think they intuitively understand what’s best for the company. However, you know you need to process the information—both their beliefs and data about the options—more objectively by using a good decision-making framework. Select a decision-making strategy or model and use it as a framework to guide your thought process in approaching the decision. You may use the provided framework or one of your own from the list of strategies.
    • Identify the model.
    • Gather the information.
    • Apply the model to make the best decision.
  • Now that you have your decision, it’s time to think about convincing the stakeholders by making your process transparent. Create a presentation for your decision. A template is provided for you, or you may use one of your own choice.
    • Think about how you will use the information in the slides to communicate your message. Remember all stakeholders will be in the same room, so some people may react positively and others negatively to the same piece of information.
    • Consider how the speaker notes can help you reinforce or support your message or clarify key points.
  • Regardless of people’s individual desires, they always accept decisions firmly rooted in the organization’s goals; thus, explain how your decision furthers NHM’s organizational goals.
    • Specify which goals it upholds.
    • Note any goals it may seem to undercut, and explain your thinking.
  • Because some stakeholders may be slightly disgruntled by the decision you make, it’s important to clearly outline the decision-making process you engaged in to find the optimal choice.
    • Explain why you chose the particular decision-making model you used.
    • Walk through each stage of the process and how you came to each smaller conclusion.
  • Part of a convincing stakeholders is showing them that you have heard their concerns and that you take them seriously. By initially gathering data, you have already done a piece of that. The last piece is to be transparent about the potential impact of the decision for your audience.
    • Specify which stakeholders may be impacted negatively, and speak to what could be done, if anything, to mitigate those consequences.
  • Justify how this decision supports and continues to position NHM as an ethical company.
    • Specify which stakeholders may be impacted negatively, and speak to what could be done, if anything, to mitigate those consequences.

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