Every aspect of our lives is bordered by decisions and every choice that is made has a consequence.
In everyday life we often have to make decisions fast, without enough time to systematically go through some action and thinking steps. In such situations the most effective decision making strategy is to keep an eye on your goals and then let your intuition suggest the right choice.
There are a myriad of things that influence how an individual makes decisions. They include emotions, perceived personal and professional risks and rewards, experience, education, deadlines, stress and a host of others.
If you follow the process of the most powerful leaders, who listen to their intuition, gather facts, evidence, and data to support their decision making process you will make good decisions.
Effective decision making requires practice. It takes countless factors into consideration before the final decision is made. Key elements for decision making are:
- Identifying the problem,
- Analyzing the possible solutions
- Consideration of possibilities that are likely to bring you closer to your goal
- Making the decision
You can increase your success in making decisions by establishing a process that with constant practice, will become a natural action step. One of the most practical decision making techniques can be summarized in these simple decision making steps:
- Define the problem
- Determine if necessary to resolve
- Gather data
- Consider the standards for making the decision
- Determine possible choices/alternatives
- Consider consequences
- Make decision
Once you make your decision put it into action. Convert your decision into specific plan of action steps and implement your plan.
Author: Robin Noah, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org