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6 Ways to Make Better Decisions

Posted on: March 12, 2015

By: Steve Isenberg

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a hard enough time deciding what to eat for dinner let alone make an important decision about a new idea at work! When you were little, your parents told you to “make good choices,” but how do we turn good choices into confident decisions?

Decision-making skills are a high commodity in the business world. It’s a skill that’s hard to teach, and experience is often being the best coach. I’ve rounded up tried and true advice on how to make quality decisions in an efficient manner to you help with your next decision dilemma,.

1. Wait it out

Attorney and author Frank Partnoy says, “Waiting gives you the opportunity to learn more about the situation at hand and to process it in a more nuanced way.” If you have the flexibility, give yourself as much time as possible before making a big decision. Come back to it after gathering more information and greater perspective on the situation.

2. Consult your co-workers

If your decision were on the front page of the paper, what would people think? Have you consulted others about the situation? Don’t only speak with friends who will tell you what you want to hear. Discuss the decision with someone who thinks differently than you; they will help you see biases you may be holding and provide you with a different perspective than your own.

3. Close your eyes

Eugene Caruso, an associate professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, found in a study that shutting your eyes actually helps decision-making. Closing your eyes blocks out the constant flow of stimuli you are bombarded with, and focuses your minds on the task.

4. Be aware of your emotions

Emotional intelligence means being mindful of your emotions and the way they might be influencing your decisions. This doesn’t just refer to negative emotions; excitement from positive emotions can also cause you to make untimely decisions as well. Stéphane Côté, a professor in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, told Huffington Post: “People who are emotionally intelligent don’t remove all emotions from their decision-making; they remove emotions that have nothing to do with the decision.”

5. Simplify the Situation

Rom Schrift, Ph.D. says we often overthink our decisions, making them harder than they need to be. Don’t enter the decision with the assumption that it will be a strenuous haul. Give yourself time and space to think, but don’t agonize over it. Remember, sometimes your gut is right.

6. Seek advice

What decisions are you wrestling with at the moment? Perhaps you’re looking at several great employee candidates, but aren’t sure which to hire. Maybe you’re deciding how to extend your companies reach to the job-seekers in your area. Whatever choices are on your plate, seeking advice from experienced advisors should always be a part of your plan.

Choosing the right marketing strategy and connecting with right employees is one decision you’ll be glad you made. ASJ Partners can help you sort through your options and make the best decision for your company and current needs. Call or contact us today to begin your consultation.

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