Decision making skills

Decision making is one of the biggest fears of humanity. People often worry about the consequences of their decisions and how they might impact the future. Every single aspect of life is a result of decision making; the reason you are chasing that particular career and not another. We make decisions every single day, some passive and others a little more complex. Leaders at work places are often faced with this dilemma due to the fear of rocking the steady boat under their tutelage.


Decision making is widely defined as the act choosing between two or more options. Employers love to see this quality in their employees. Regardless of your position, at your work place, you have to make decisions around the office. Nothing nags a work supervisor like questions on how to proceed hence forth. Unless you are an intern, there is certainly no reason to ask around for a straight forward opinion. Your failure in this department won’t help your career because no bigger roles will be sent your way.


Decision making in any organization in the world is a contributing reason to any success it may enjoy. Failure to make decisions means a break down in productivity; most employers rely on the employees to make good decisions if any success is to be enjoyed. They hope the employees ultimately end existing problems with only the best decision. Effective decision making means that the feat decided on is adopted at all levels in the organization and the best way of getting people on board is by giving good reason as to how you landed on that particular course of action. Even though it is never a guarantee that your decision is the right fix to the pre-existing problem, there are a few tips to help you on this course.


Tips on how to make the right decisions

  1. Put your feelings aside; Objectivity is quite a factor in making the right decisions. People often bank on their feelings when cracking down on complex issues. This mentality will only lead you down a rabbit hole especially if it is life changing decision.

  2. Balance intuition and reasoning; don’t base decisions on simply a whim that may linger in your mind at the time, find the excuse for your whim before executing your mind. People believe that situations in their past experience can re-occur and hence place all their money on this but being objective allows you to see the other side of things before deciding.

  3. Find your thinking space; we all have that safe place that allows you objectivity and gives you better reasoning. Whenever faced with tough choices; find it and break down the options at hand. Sometimes we fail to make decisions or can’t seem to make the correct decisions because our minds are clogged with thoughts and worries.

  4. Avoid any pressure; people often make wrong decisions when faced with pressure to make a quick decision. Unless you are deciding on what you will have for lunch, then avoid rush moves. When presented with options, dig deep and get both sides to all options before making up your mind.

  5. Exhaust alternatives; sometimes poor decisions are made due to limited options being presented. When all the options are somewhat of wrong course of action then any decision made is ultimately a bad decision. When faced with life defining questions, then it is much advisable to exhaust all your options before landing on one course of action.



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