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TDODAR Decision Model is a decision-making tool, which can help us to make good decisions under pressure. This model tells us how to choose the best option in a panic situation when you have limited time and limited resources. There are lots of ways to make a decision, but in a pressured situation this model can help you to choose the best way.

WHAT’S IN IT

  1. Concept of Decision Making
  2. What is the TDODAR Decision Model?
  3. Purpose of TDODAR Decision Model
  4. Steps In TDODAR Decision Model
  5. Example of TDODAR Decision Model
  6. Conclusion
  7. FAQ’s 

Concept of Decision Making

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Decision making is a process to choose the best alternative options for your problem properly. The decision-making process is also known as a problem-solving tool. Because you will reach your solution, after choosing the best option for your problem through decision making.

If you have information, proper time, good teamwork then you can make decisions through discussion in a proper manner and you can find out your solution easily. But if you want to find out the root cause of your problem then use Interrelationship Diagram (link this to another blog which I wrote, “interrelationship diagram-amazing problem-solving tool).

What happens when you have to make decisions in a panic situation?. At this point, you don’t have lots of time to make decisions. Most of the people can give up on this point and they are not doing any action at that point. So, here the TDODAR decision model can help us to make decisions in a panic situation.

What is the TDODAR Decision Model?

TDODAR stands for:

T= Time

D= Diagnosis

O= Option

D= Decision

A= Act

R= Review

This helps us to make better decisions in panic situations. Some people’s nature is very calm and cool, so they can handle pressure situations very easily. But most people’s nature is not calm and cool, so the TDODAR decision model can help them.

This decision model is mostly used in the firefighter department. Because in that situation you need to focus and stay calm. This technique is also used in aeroplanes, by pilots in a panic situation. In mid-flight, any pressured situation happens, then the pilot can take decisions through this method.

If you learn this TDODAR decision model then you can also apply this technique in your daily life in a pressured situation.

Purpose of TDODAR Decision Model

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Following are the purpose of TDODAR decision model

1. Helps to decide in a pressured situation

If your nature is not cool and calm and you can easily panic in a pressured situation, then the TDODAR decision model can help you to make the best decision in a pressured situation. The TDODAR decision model tells us how to make decisions in a panic situation when you don’t have much time and information.

2. Useful for firefighter and pilots

This decision model is mostly used by firefighters and pilots in pressured situations. This technique is very useful for firefighters when they are in a fire area. In this situation, they have to make quick decisions with available resources.

In an aeroplane, not most times but whenever a panic situation happens, then pilots have to make the best decision and that time they can use the TDODAR decision model

3. Make decisions in a limited time

TDODAR decision model’s USP is, it is a very useful technique to make decisions when you have limited time and limited resources.

Steps In TDODAR Decision Model

TDODAR decision model runs on 6 steps that is Time, Diagnosis, Option, Decision, Act, Review. To understand this model you need to know these steps.

1. Time 

In the first step, you have to understand how much time you have to make decisions. If you have a lot of time then you can make decisions in the proper manner, but if you have a shortage of time, then you have to understand the situation and not get to panic. You can record time in someplace, so it reminds you of the value of time.

2. Diagnosis 

In this step, you need to collect all your resources, at that time available. The resources can be some people, some information related to problems. Better resources can help you to understand the problem properly. A group of people can help you in a better way than that of a single person. So, it is very necessary to collect all your resources.

3. Option

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After collecting all resources you need to think of the best option, which can help you to solve your problem. In this stage, you have to think and consider maximum options, which can help you to solve problems

4. Decide  

Now, you have to take the decision of your option, from considering all options. Now you have to select the best option, which can solve your problem and agree on that option.

For choosing the best option you have to ask all resources (persons) and also consider their opinion. But, in this situation, you have to remember who the decision-maker is. If you are a decision-maker then you can choose the best option, but if you are just a resource then you just considered your opinion.

5. Act 

After choosing the best option, now you need to take action on them. On this stage, you have to put your 100% on that option. Work can be divided between people, then everyone has to give their best.

6. Review 

In this stage, you have to assess your plan and have to check everything is going to be right. You have to assess that option you have chosen and that action you take in resolving your problem.

If your plan is not going well that you decide, then you have to do these 6 steps again, and you have to choose another option and take action on that.

Example of TDODAR Decision Model

If you are a manager of a manufacturing company, and you have to finish your 500 bags order within 2 days. Out of 10 machines, your 5 machines are not working properly, because of bad maintenance. Now how do you make decisions using the TDODAR decision model?

  • Now, first, we understand we have only 48 hours to complete the order. 
  • Then after that, we ask other managers and take their opinion.
  • After considering other people we find out 4 options, 1. We can use only 5 machines and try our best. 2. We can try to repair machines, but it takes time. 3. We can only use 5 machines and will be doing overtime. Or 4. Rent 5 machines for 2 days.
  • After considering all options we will decide to choose the 4th option. In the 1st option, we cannot complete the whole work with only 5 machines. In the 2nd option, it takes a lot of time. And in the 3rd option, we can do overtime but it is not profitable.
  • After choosing our best option now we have to do the action.

Conclusion

The TDODAR decision model is a decision-making tool. This model helps to choose the best option under pressure. When you have limited time and limited resources then you can use this technique to make a decision. This decision model is mostly used by firefighters and pilots in panic situations. To understand this model you have to know 6 steps of this model and apply them.

Also You can Read Our Blog on How To Make a Decision?

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