How do you make decisions? Do you make them based on facts alone? Do you give them over to a higher power? Listen to your gut? Decision making can be tricky. Especially if we need to decide quickly or if others are impacted by your decision, the consequences of our decisions can be many.
No doubt, valuable decisions deserve analysis, but if your mind is distracted with an overload of information, too many priorities and no time to think or talk it through, the likelihood that the emotional mind will overrule the rational one increases.
In business you can start making decisions more quickly, easily and with confidence when you’re focused and clear on your purpose and vision. You can use them as beacons to align your decisions. This greatly impacts how quickly you can make needed changes, improve your performance and productivity and ultimately increase profitability.
In today’s article you can test yourself to see how you measure up in your decision making ability. Have fun! And, let me know how you did!
“When dealing with people, remember you’re not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.” Dale Carnegie
How Intelligent Is Your Decision Making?
We make decisions every day. While simple decisions require a fairly straightforward decision-making process, complex decisions usually require more effort to properly deal with challenges such as uncertainty, risk, alternatives and consequences.
Because of the possibility of conflict and unwanted outcomes, making decisions can be stressful. Being aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and those of your team, helps alleviate that stress, and puts you on the road to taking decisive and intelligent action.
To find out if your decision-making skills are as sharp as they can be, answer True or False to the following questions.
1. Prior to making decisions I make sure that I have identified clear objectives to meet the desired outcomes.
2. When a group decision is required, I include people, with different perspectives and diverse ideas, to make sure all perspectives are represented accurately.
- When others are involved I ask myself how I would feel if I were in the shoes of one of them.
- I consider closely what the possible short and long term consequences of my actions might be.
- I look at what my alternatives are to maximize my truthtelling responsibility and minimize harm?
- I’m not afraid to make crucial distinctions such as: “Is this decision efficient and effective?”
- I make every effort to create a supportive environment in which debate, discussion and scrutiny of potential decisions can happen.
- The overall objective is to make the best decision for the situation; the goal isn’t to compete with others who are part of the process or find the “perfect” answer.
- Built into my decision-making process is the awareness and acceptance that the unforeseen will occur, and I have taken that into account without unnecessarily holding up the process.
- I think in terms of responding rather than reacting. That approach will help to circumvent any problems that current decisions may create in the future.
- I’m aware of my bigger purpose and use that insight to determine if the decisions I make reflect that purpose.
- When decisions lead to unexpected or undesired outcomes, instead of criticizing, I ask, “What have I learned from this experience and how can I improve?”
- Before making a decision I ask, “Is this choice in alignment with my values? Is this me?”
- I make the distinction between decisions based on inner perception vs. impulse.
- When I make a decision based on a “gut feeling,” it comes not only from a feeling, but from my entire core of inner wisdom, experience and knowledge.
- I want my life filled with people, circumstances and objects that reflect the real me, and my decisions reflect that.
- I rarely second guess my instinct — when it feels right I go with it.
- Not making a decision is a decision in itself, and sometimes the best course of action is taking no direct action at all.
- With every decision comes an element of risk. Although it can be difficult to consistently predict outcomes, I use intellect as well as emotion to mitigate that risk.
If you answered true to 12 or more statements, you are a fearless and astute decision maker. If fewer, you may wish to explore your process of decision making. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.