Making Quick Decisions = Opportunity x Improvise x Speed

Dr. Jamie Schwandt
Dec 20, 2018 · 1 min read
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My intent here is to provide three simple rules for making quick decisions — or what I call — Beta Mode Thinking.

As Louis Chew surmises in Introducing The Beta Mode: A Permanent Work In Progress, “We’re all a work in progress. We’re all in Beta Mode.” I previously published a work in progress called How To Get Inside The Enemy OODA Loop. This is simply a continuation of that discussion.

You can examine the following as either simple rules for making quick decisions or as a formula for Beta Mode Thinking.


Opportunity x Improvise x Speed = Making Quick Decisions (or Beta Mode Thinking).

Simple Rules

For a more detailed examination of this idea, I recommend reading Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford.

Rule #1: Opportunity

You must first get into a position of opportunity. Once achieved, do something new to shock your opponent.

Rule #2: Improvise

Improvise around obstacles. Then seek to confuse your opponent.

Rule #3: Speed

Move faster than those who try to stop you. Then repeat the cycle/rules relentlessly.

Finally, never leave Beta Mode. As Chew remarked, “By staying in Beta, there is no fear of failure.”

Dr. Jamie Schwandt

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Dr. Schwandt (Ed.D.) is an American author, L6S master black belt, and red teamer.

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