The ProConCloud process

What is the 5-step ProConCloud process?

There are two particularly popular methods for deliberative decision-making: asking an expert and using a pros/cons list. Unfortunately, while both methods have benefits, they are also both particularly prone to error.

An expert can offer a more objective view, but unfortunately, we usually seek out advisors who will simply confirm our biases. And although pros/cons lists can help us slow down our thinking and/or expose our biases, they usually don’t end up producing good results. Unless your pros and cons share a common utility (such as time or money), you can’t really compare them directly. The upshot is that you’ll either get stuck again or end up just going with your gut.

Surely, with all the advances in decision science over the past 250 years, there must be a better way?

This is the question that Dr. Alan Barnard, one of the world’s leading scientists in decision-making, has worked to address for more than two decades. He’s developed a new method and field-tested it with individuals and organizations around the globe. He called his new method the “ProConCloud”.

5 Steps to prevent the 5 most common mistakes in decision making

After a decade of developing and field-testing this method, Dr. Barnard has refined it down to five steps, each of which was designed to prevent one of the five most common and consequential decision-making mistakes.

Step 1: Define YOUR Problem and why its important
We often waste our limited attention on unimportant issues or procrastinate on the issues that are important. Instead, we should deliberate to determine which issues deserve our focus.

Step 2: Define YOUR and “THEIR” Conflicts
We often try to jump to a solution or simply look for someone to blame. Instead, we should identify the underlying conflicts that make a given decision difficult. And if we’re inclined to blame someone, we should consider the conflicts with which that person wrestled.

Step 3: Resolve Conflict(s) with 4 win:win
We often focus on only one possible resolution or compromise. Instead, we should consider the four alternative win/win options that can resolve any conflict with more pros and less cons than the status quo created by thinking about what we can add rather than what we have to give up.

Step 4: YES-BUT Planning
We often ignore valid reservations— “Yes-Buts”—or use them as excuses not to act. Instead, we should use the valid Yes-Buts to create an even more robust solution.

Step 5: Design a GOOD Experiment
We often only partially implement solutions. Instead, we should create experiments that allow us to fully test our new solutions.

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How to find limiting or harmful assumptions or beliefs With the ProConCloud Process

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The Evolution and Application of the 5-step ProConCloud method

The evolution of the ProConCloud process

In this video, the Professor shares with Jason the process he can use to help him make the decision on what to do about the disharmony he has at work with his co-workers as a result of their resistance to changes he is proposing to make things better, faster and easier for everyone.

Using the ProConCloud to prevent 5 common decision mistakes

In this second video, the Professor introduces Jason to the ProConCloud process – a problem solving and decision-making process which is an evolution of Benjamin Franklin’s Pro/Con List and Dr. Eli Goldratt’s Change Matrix and Evaporating Cloud methods that maintain their benefits while addressing their limitations. The ProConCloud process consists of 5 steps, each designed to overcome one of the 5 most common decision mistakes we make which wastes our scarcest resource – our limited attention.

How can I tell my story with the ProConCloud?

Learn how to use the first two steps of the new ProConCloud process to tell your story about an important problem or challenge you are facing and the associated conflicts you experience in dealing with it and also the one you blame (yourself or someone else).

Click the link below to register and complete the first two steps on our award-winning software Harmony.

How can you get access to the ProConCloud method?

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Introducing the new Harmony Decision Maker App

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