The Art of Decision Making
By Dena Falken
Decision making is a process based on identifying decisions, gathering information and evaluating alternative solutions. Using a step-by-step decision-making process can help you make more informed and thoughtful decisions by organizing relevant information and defining alternatives. This approach increases the likelihood of choosing the most satisfying alternative. Decision making is about facing a question like “to be or not to be” i.e. to be the one you want to be or not to be. Managers are always seen on the platform, where they always require making important decisions because their crucial decisions ultimately shape, guide and direct our future. Decision making is described as the economy of thinking
In decision making our mind plays an important role because mind is the heart of any decision making process. To make a good and effective decisions one should stay with the problem for a longer time. Better decisions are the result of good coordination between mind and body. A better understanding of the mind can lead to setting new priorities as to what is taught and learned. Decision making should be rational that means it must be logical and should pursue an orderly path from problem identification to reaching a solution.
This is a life-altering perception, especially for people who believe that the ability of decision making always falls under the tower of ‘STRENGTHS” and “WEAKNESS”. If you think deeper, I believe decision making is more about “ACHIEVEMENTS” and “OPPORTUNITIES”.
The pursuit of perfection in our decisions adds unnecessary pressure and often leads to “analytic paralysis.” Nobody likes being wrong, but we have to shake our fear and accept that decision-making involves taking risks: sometimes we will do it well, other times we will not do it. Errors are part of learning.
Refuse to Face Reality
We see things as we would like them to be, confusing wishful thinking and reality. For example, 75% of drivers think they are above average behind the wheel, which is statistically impractical.
Faced with a scenario, we tend to take a position and may fail to see beyond it, ignoring what could be better options outside of that one. Also, we tend to amplify the positive aspects of our position and minimize the negative aspects.
Blindness To Facts
The way a situation is presented to us and how we present it to ourselves affects our final…