The 8 Step Formula For Making Better Decisions-innawoods

Making decisions efficiently can be the difference between a thriving life and a thriving business, and stasis – circling the airport forever, instead of starting your decent and eventually landing. By making a decision, even if it’s wrong, you fill the gap between where you are and where you want to be. When leaving the armed forces, or a similar institutionalised form of employment, making decisions outside of the organisational framework can be particularly tricky. Fortunately, making decisions is a skill, and so we can learn, practice and improve. The learning process is in two stages. First, is making decisions. Making better decisions is part 2 of the process. In the absence of a good decision, some decision is needed, and any decision is better than none. If it’s wrong, well at least you find out, which means you can back track and put it right. No decision, means no action, which means nothing happens. In fact, we are all brilliant at making decisions. We’re making decisions all day. What to have for breakfast, where to cross the road, what time to get up, whether to answer the phone or not, the way you’re sitting right now. It’s the decisions that seem more important that we struggle with. However, making decisions can be formulated so you can just move through each step. If you are starting to take decisions in a new environment, such as when you are leaving the armed forces, or moving from being employed to run a business, then even the smallest issues appear magnified, until you get settled. This is when a formula really adds value to the process. Here is the 8 step formula. 1. State Your Purpose To make the best decision you have to know what you want. Precisely. And you need to have a target. One solution is to complete the following statement with as broad a phrase as possible… Determine The Best Way To ______________________________ Here is why you need to keep this broad. Say you have too much work. You could determine the best way to get an assistant; you could determine the best way to eliminate some of the work; you could determine the best way to work faster. However, if you open this up and say you want to determine the best way to get the work done then, yes, getting an assistant, working faster and eliminating some of the work are all still options, but we also have delegation, working more efficiently, developing new systems, and so on. Formulating a broad statement of purpose in this way helps you to distinguish between the ‘Means’ and the ‘Ends’. The Ends are your final outcomes whilst the Means is how you will get there. If you don’t know what the ultimate end is, then your Means can be churning around forever without a real result. 2. Establish Criteria To clarify your statement of purpose and set the criteria for success. You can ask yourself the following questions: What do I want to achieve? What do I want to preserve? What do I want to avoid? This is about developing the standards which define your purpose. If you are looking for a new job, for instance, you might want to achieve more responsibility, good training, and a higher salary. You might want to preserve having your own office and avoid traveling a long way each day. 3. Are there contradictions in what you want? Do you want to preserve your salary whilst expecting an employer to fund expensive training? If buying a car, do you want a hot little number for under £2,000? 4. Set priorities for the criteria. List out your criteria and pick one which absolutely must happen, no matter what you decide. Give this a rank of 10. You can now rank the rest from 1-10 alongside your benchmark, no compromise criterion. You should now have a list of factors that define what you want. 5. What are the alternatives? Often our starting point for making a decision is searching for alternatives. This is the path to confusion. The criteria should generate your options. This is where you head off to do your research and discover what is actually on offer. You may be looking for a job within walking distance, with flexible hours where you can train to be a lawyer. Now you need to state your alternatives clearly and write them down to help you distinguish between them. 6. Evaluate and test your alternatives. If you’re lucky, a clear winner will emerge but if this doesn’t happen then you will need to rank the alternatives – apply a numerical value of importance to each factor. And you can do this if you are deciding if the Fiat Fandago is a better car for you than the Fiat Whatnot. Furthermore, you can apply this to feelings. 7. Troubleshoot your decision. Ask yourself these two questions: ‘What could go wrong’? ‘What can I do to improve the situation’? 8. Just Do It (as the saying goes) However, there are a set of decisions which are deadly, because they don’t even get to the consideration stage. These are the ‘not’ decisions which can lead to drifting and a lack of purpose. How so? Staying in the same dead end job; filling the shopping trolley with the same packaged food every week; not taking exercise. These are the actions which lead to ill-health and a lack of fulfilment, but they tend to get washed over by the daily trifling decisions. Is the make of your new car really more important than changing how you spend each day of your life from this day forwards? That’s for you to decide. 相关的主题文章: