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Good Decision Makers are
|by S. Manikandan|
We use our decision making skills to solve problems by selecting one course of action from several possible alternatives. Decision making skills are also a key component of time management skills.
Decision making can be hard. Almost any decision involves some conflicts or dissatisfaction. The difficult part is to pick one solution where the positive outcome can outweigh possible losses. Avoiding decisions often seems easier. Yet, making your own decisions and accepting the consequences is the only way to stay in control of your time, your success, and your life.
A significant part of decision making skills is in knowing and practicing good decision making techniques. Main decision making techniques can be summarized in those simple decision making steps:
Anatomy of a Decision
Size up the situation.
Try to put your goals in measurable terms (time, money, etc.) so you can measure your success later on.
Step 2: Reevaluate the Situation.
Don't make unnecessary decisions. Be aware that the best decision may be to do nothing for the time being. But don't delay just to avoid making a tough or unpleasant decision. Be honest with yourself! If you decide that action is needed, proceed to step 3.
Step 3: Gather Information.
Step 4: Think of Alternatives.
Step 5: Choose an Alternative.
Think ahead. Try to imagine the consequences of each alternative. Ask yourself, "What will happen if...?" Be thorough, and give each plan a chance. Be practical. Make sure your plans can be carried out. For example, does your organization have the equipment to make the changes you have in mind? Is the solution more expensive than the problem? Be creative. If necessary, combine the best features of several different ideas. Make a new alternative - one that works! Choose the alternative that will best achieve the goals and priorities you identified in step 1.
Step 6: Put Your Decision to Work
Take action. Don't satisfy yourself with simply having made a tough decision. A good decision means nothing until it's put into effect. Inform others. Make sure everyone affected by your decision knows what will change, and why. Explain what improvements they can expect as a result of your decision. Ask for feedback.
Follow up on your plan. Check from time to time to see that any changes you made are still in effect - or to see if adjustments are needed. Also, make sure the problem you solved has not returned or taken another form.
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