Have you ever overlooked something important when making a decision? The Holistic Management testing questions help you systematically consider the social, financial, and environmental aspects of decisions you make.
Use these questions to determine whether a proposed action takes you toward or away from your holistic goal.
Take a few seconds for each answer, then tally up the total. If one course of action passes considerably more tests than the alternatives, that's probably the one you want.
Sometimes you'll need to go ahead with an action that fails most of the tests. In this case you know there's a problem, and you can plan the better action you'll take when you can.
To get the best results, you must have a holistic goal to test actions on. The goal makes sure you consider the short and long term, the needs of other people and yourself, the health of your community and the landscape that supports it, plus the welfare of future generations. That's a lot to keep in your head, but once you have a written goal, it's easy to do.
Once you're familiar with the testing questions, you can test most decisions very quickly. Using the questions develops excellent habits of mind, and the decisions you make will work in the context of your whole life.
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Posted 25 January 2002