Making Decisions, Solving Problems

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.

Examples:

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.

Examples:

Decision making occurs at every level of the organization.

Our company’s decision-making process has been automated with this new software.

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