Decision making

Tuesday 10th July 2018

I’ve found that the decision making process helps managers, organisations and business professionals to solve problems by examining and deciding other alternative choices and working on the best course of action.

 By using a step-by-step approach efficiently and by making thoughtful, informed decisions will result in positive outcomes for yourself and the organisation. A lot of people have said to me that they find it hard to make major decisions on their own. Unfortunately, you must realise that decision making is something you must do in your life whether it is the right one or a wrong one, you must make one. The decision could range from the trivial, such as what should I have for dinner, through to life-changing, such as changing your job through to buying a new house or car.

There are some people who put off making any decisions at all, sometimes by just endlessly searching for more information or by just sitting on the fence not wanting to say yes or no. Yes, you do need to look at and identify alternatives to develop a clear understanding of the issues, you will then be able to look for the various solutions available to you and at your disposal. It is more likely you will have many different options available when it comes down to making your decision, so it is vitally important to come up with a range of options. This will then help you to determine which course of action is the best way to achieve your objective.

As I have mentioned, delaying a decision is not an option you should countenance, simple decisions are fun. You’re able to tick them off your “to do list” then feel as though you have accomplished something during the day. However, when the stakes increase, you’re faced with having to make critical decisions and you can’t afford to delay in making them. So, dedicate and focus by blocking a period each day to work through all the pros, cons and risks, to come up with a realistic outcome for your decision. It is always an innovative idea to consider a plan B in your decision. Sitting on the fence or sweeping problems under the carpet will not help you make better decisions. You must see that sometimes, when you reach this point of the decision-making process, the best choice from among the opportunities might be evident and is standing out from among the rest. When you’re making this sort of decision-making you will need to shelve your ego and all your emotions, sometimes it can be very difficult because you can easily become to personally involved and invested in how the decision could make you look and feel. So, are you objectively able to solve this problem? Yes! Then list the potential causes and put your ego and emotion to the back-burner.

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