The Most Difficult Decision Youve Had To Make Essays

Describe the most difficult decision you have made and its personal effect on you.

The above question reminds of the month of November 2007 when I was entrusted with the task of further driving efficiencies in my department. Our company had (and continues to maintain) a strong reputation for manufacturing premium quality electric motors. However, changing market conditions in 2007 resulted in increased pressure on pricing. As a result, the focus was on achieving the required production at reduced operating costs.

Rotors are crucial components of such industrial motors and my department was responsible for their precision manufacturing. Once produced, these rotors would undergo a separate “Quality inspection” stage which consumed almost 20% of the total production time. I realized we could reduce this time and associated costs if operators in my team could “self-inspect” each of their assigned units.

In theory, the idea was very workable. However, it success was dependent on the response and attitude of my 25-strong workforce and the inspection team. The new alignment would result in the transfer of the inspection personnel to other divisions and alter the work profile my 25-strong production team. In a strongly unionized industrial setting, this change required very careful consideration.

My first reaction was to assess the risks and opportunities associated with this operation. I also sought the counsel of my seniors who, in my opinion, mentored me in the best possible way: I was given extensive inputs on organizing the changes; however the final decision had to be mine!

I went ahead with a two-pronged approach. Firstly, the production team was trained on various self-inspection methods. As this production team gained a foothold on these tasks, we conducted a series of meetings with the inspection team. I had individual and team meetings to clarify the intent: (1) There was no possibility of retrenchment since we valued the skills and abilities (2) The ongoing changes were for the overall win-win between the corporate goals (efficiency and reduced costs) and personnel since the inspection team would now be handling other important manufacturing tasks that had evolved with time.  The initial discomfort and insecurity was displaced with agreement as the meetings gradually bore fruit.

In less than 3 months, we achieved a 1-day reduction in production time and savings equivalent to the salaries of 3 Full-Time Employees (who have now grown in various other production units). In September 2008, I received a Merit Reward for the accomplishment.

The project brought home the fact that decision making is mainly dependent on the ability to take responsibility and retain balance. I could take charge of a “risky” change primarily because I was willing to bring it to successful fruition and solve all the problems that came in the way.  I also realized the wisdom of my seniors in allowing me the “take the final call”. It was this approach that enhanced my confidence – both as a person and as a professional.

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#1 (permalink) Sat Dec 14, 2013 13:31 pm   What is one of the most important decisions you have made? Why was this decision 

Dear Luschen,
I hope you are ok, and I again appreciate your efforts and kindness to help others.By the way, would you please correct and rate my writing?

Many thanks,
Pama

Question:
What is one of the most important decisions you have made? Why was this decision important? Use specific reasons and details to explain your answer.

And my essay:
Every one maybe make an important decision in her/his life which can have vital effect in their future. By the way, one of the most important decision which I have made is related to my education, actually I have decided travel to another country and be far from my nice family because of my education. It can due to some personal reasons that I'll mention them. Achieve to more progress is the primary reason, in addition this decision can make clarify my future programs.

Nowadays education is of the most important things which most people pay close attention to it, it also so important to me. I believe that with good education I can have more successful In my life. I can discover much more things that are unknown for me and I can use these discoveries to lead my life into right way, actually with this way I'm going to have more progress. As I think we don’t have sufficient facilities in my country to obtain this purpose, so I have to travel to an appropriate country, and this decision is so important to me.

In addition this decision will clarify my situation or life condition in future, in other word it can help me to know that what I'm going to do in future. If I have academic education at one of good college or university thus I can have a clarify program about my future job and I can make decision about all of my programs in future more easily. So it is another reason to make this important decision.

As a result and as I mention every body's life is important to her/him. So people try to lead their life into the most appropriate way. Because of this they maybe make some important decision in their life. By the way the most vital decision which I have made for my life is go to another country to achieve better life.

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Pama
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#2 (permalink) Mon Dec 16, 2013 16:38 pm   Re: What is one of the most important decisions you have made? Why was this decis 

Hi Pama, I think this essay is a bit of an improvement over your last ones. Your body paragraphs are pretty clear. But your introduction needs to do a little better job of addressing the prompt and stating that this is one of the most important decisions of your life. Your conclusion is too repetitive of your introduction - you need to rephrase the sentences and use some different words. Overall, your writing is understandable, but some sentences sound a little stilted and your vocabulary is very basic. This is almost a 3.5, but I think I still have to rate it a 3.

Pama wrote:
Dear Luschen,
I hope you are ok, and I again appreciate your efforts and kindness to help others.By the way, would you please correct and rate my writing?

Many thanks,
Pama

Question:
What is one of the most important decisions you have made? Why was this decision important? Use specific reasons and details to explain your answer.

And my essay:
Every one{one word} maybe [will] make an important decision in her/his life[,] which can have [a] vital effect in their future. By the way,{by the way is used to introduce a completely different topic - it doesn't really work here} one of the most important decision. Achiev[ing] more progress is the primary reason, [while] in addition this decision can [help] clarify my future programs.{once again are you talking about your decision or decisions in general?}

Nowadays education is of the most important things [that] most people pay close attention to [;] it also so important to me. I believe that with good education I can have more success In my life. I can discover m[any] more things that are unknown [to] me and I can use these discoveries to lead my life in [the] right way[;] actually with this way I'm going to have more progress. As I think we don’t have sufficient facilities in my country to obtain this purpose, {don't use both "as" and "so" together in this sentence} I have to travel to an appropriate country, and this decision is so important to me.

In addition this decision will clarify my situation or life condition in future[. I]n other word[s, ] it can help me to know that what I'm going to do in future. If I have academic education at one of [the] good college I can have a [clear idea] about my future job and I can make decision[this] is another reason to make this important decision.

As a result and as I mention[ed,] every body's{one word} life is important to her/him. So people try to lead their life inthe most appropriate way. Because of this they maymake some important decision[s ] in their life. By the way[,] {once again, this sounds odd here} the most vital decision [that] I have made [in] my life is go to another country to achieve [a] better life.

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#3 (permalink) Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:40 am   What is one of the most important decisions you have made? Why was this decision 

Hi dear Luschen, I really thank you for your kind response.
I would observed all the informative points that you mentioned.
I wish all the best for you.

Sincerely,
Pama
Pama
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