We make a lot of decisions and solve a lot of problems in the oil industry. I am particularly happy the Top Kill solution seems to be solving BP’s Macondo oil gusher problem – or will at least stanch the flow.
Here’s an extra side tip inspired by a recent press release about that problem:
Stanch vs. Staunch
Stanch = to check or stop the flow of blood or oil
Staunch = soundly built or steadfast in loyalty
Ah, but I digress….
Problem solving is not hyphenated when used as a noun. However, it is hyphenated when used as an adjective before a noun.
Noun: Engineers generally are very good at problem solving.
Adjective: However, this engineer’s problem-solving skills seem to be lacking.
Likewise, decision making is not hyphenated as a noun, but it is hyphenated as an adjective before a noun.
Decision making occurs at every level of the organization.
Our company’s decision-making process has been automated with this new software.