Business Development Director
Creativedge Training & Development Ltd
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Just as people are all different, so are our ways of making decisions.
Personal development guru, Stephen Covey, once famously said: “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
Here are 5 ‘bundles’ of quick insights to enhance your practical decision making:
1. Bundle one
Do not make decisions that are not yours to make.
When making a decision you are simply choosing from among alternatives. You are not making a choice between right and wrong.
As part of your decision making process, always consider how the decision is to be implemented.
2. Bundle two
Avoid snap decisions. Move fast on the reversible ones and slowly on the non-reversible.
Choosing the right alternative at the wrong time is not any better than the wrong alternative at the right time, so make the decision while you still have time.
As soon as you’re aware that a decision will have to be made on a specific situation, review the facts at hand then set it aside. Let this incubate in your subconscious mind until it is time to finally make the decision.
3. Bundle three
Do your decision-making on paper. Make notes and keep your ideas visible so you can consider all the relevant information in making this decision.
Be sure to take a decision based on what is right, not who is right.
Mentally rehearse implementation of your choice and reflect in your imagination what outcomes will result.
4. Bundle four
Write down the pros and cons of a line of action. It clarifies your thinking and makes for a better decision.
Make decisions as you go along. Do not let them accumulate. A backlog of many little decisions could be harder to deal with than one big and complex decision.
Brainstorming alternative solutions with your staff or others will gain fresh ideas and commitment.
5. Bundle five
Consider those affected by your decision. Whenever feasible, get them involved to increase their c
Recognise that you cannot know with 100% certainty that your decision is correct because the actions to implement it are to take place in the future. So make it and don't worry about it.