Decision Making Tips
Decision Making Tips may assist you in making the best choices possible. Each person has their own unique style of making decisions. Some follow a Decision Making Model or Decision Making Process, some are completely unorganized or are avoiding decision. People are different, so are their ways of decision making. Here are a few quick pointers and decision making tips:
Speed Decision Making Tips
Avoid snap decisions. Move quickly on the reversible ones, and ones and slowly on the non-reversible.
Make decisions quickly where the results have little difference other than in variety. A great example is in restaurant choices.
Take time with decisions that have high probability to impact other decisions later.
Go/No Go Decision Making Tips
Not making a decision is a decision not to take action.
Don’t waste your time making decisions that do not have to be made.
As soon as you are 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.
Make decisions as they are required within a time-line. Do not let them accumulate. A backlog of many little decisions may cause anxiety and could be harder to deal with than one big and complex decision.
Decision Maker Tips
Do not make decisions that are not yours to make.
Many decisions you make are unimportant-about 80% of them. Establish a process and empower others make them for you.
Consider the stakeholders in your decision. Whenever feasible, seek commitment in advance, and buy-in along the way.
Consider making the decision yourself instead of a group, unless there is too much potential for less commitment by those affected.
Decision Making Tips on Alternatives or Options
When making a decision you are simply choosing from among alternatives. You are not making a choice between right and wrong, unless your decision has a degree of ethics necessary.
Brainstorm some alternative courses of action before gathering data.
Brainstorming alternate choices with your staff or others will gain fresh ideas and commitment.
Be sure to choose based on what is right, not who is right.
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. Some decisions have expiry dates to them where value is concerned.
Decision Making Tool Tips
Do your decision making on paper. Make notes about preferences so you can consider all the relevant information in making this decision.
Use appropriate tools for the decision at hand. The Decision Making Tools may be as simple as a list of options, and crossing off the least desirable option until you arrive at the best, or, may be as complex as creating a weighted matrix or implementing a Decision Support System.
Write down the pros and cons of an option. Use the “PMI – Plus, Minus, Interesting Point” grid for each option. It clarifies your thinking and makes for a better decision.
Decision Tips on Outcome
Recognize that you cannot know with 100% certainty that your decision will work because the actions to implement it are to take place in the future. So make it and move on. Ensure that you have visualized each result, and you will have the best chance.
Before implementing what appears to be the best choice, assess the risk by asking “What can I think of that might go wrong with this alternative ?”
Mentally rehearse implementation of your choice and reflect in your imagination what outcomes will result.
As part of your Decision Making Process, always consider how the decision is to be implemented.
Trust yourself to make the decision and then to be able to stand the consequences.
Discontinue prolonged deliberation about your decision. Make it and carry it through.
Once the decision has been made, don’t look back. Be aware of how it is currently affecting you and focus on your next move. Never regret a decision. It was the right thing to do at the time. Now focus on what is right at this time.
Once you have made the decision and have started what you are going to do, put the “what if’s” aside and do it with commitment.