At workplace, there are several people with different types of decision-making skills. All professional decisions at the workplace, either big or small, need a decision-making process. Even without your realization, you make use of some type of decision-making process.
There are several different types of decision-making processes, all are not discussed here. The abilities discussed here will also help you know how to get ready for interview questions. Because when you face an interview, several times you need to prompt decisions and decision making is a skill set that’s learned with practice.
Another thing to mention here is the fair share of regrettable decisions, which everyone makes in life. There is not a single person who never made a bad decision and if someone claims that, chances are that they are not being honest or avoid taking a decision at all costs.
Making good decisions is a skill that needs to be developed with time. All leaders are not created equally when you try to see their competency of decision-making skills. Nothing can test your leadership quality more than your capability to make decisions.
Now the question pops out why do leaders fail? They make poor choices which eventually lead to bad decisions. And in some cases, they pile up a bad decision over a bad decision. You cannot separate leadership from decision making, they are tightly linked. A leader’s choices and decisions can either make or break them. What many fail to realize is while it takes years of solid decision making to reach the zenith of success, it often times only one bad decision to fall down.
So coming back to decision making, whether you are a leader or not, you need to learn the skill by regular practice. There are some types of decision making which are common and also valued in the workplace. In this blog, we are going to highlight them.
The following are some examples of decision making, and you get to know them and how to apply them in the workplace.
Being Intuitive. This is one of the simplest, and one of the most common ways to take a decision. Though it is not always the best way. Intuitive decision making includes that you have to rely on the decision that you feel appropriate, without much thinking about the logic that makes you take the choice. An example to share could be software because you like it after some minutes, rather than comparing it to many other types of software and determine which one is of better value.
Rational. This decision making is the type which most people want to believe they do. It is the use of logic to fix what is best, after reviewing all possible options and then evaluating every option using logic and rationality.
Well informed. It’s more than finding the facts and logic of a decision, getting a personal opinion also impacts your decision-making by giving you the confidence and assurance that you’re taking the right decision.
Satisficing. This is accepting the one which is satisfactory for the benefit of the company. A nonworkplace example is deciding that you need coffee, and then visiting the nearest coffee shop even though it’s not the best, simply because you need it. This says you might miss upon best options.
Researching. This is obvious, but when it comes to taking major decisions, it could be like buying a new cell phone or laptop, car brand, etc. You need to put some time, do a thorough research and put your effort to gain all the necessary information and be well knowing about every fact related to the thing you purchase and after effects about your impending purchase; without proper researching, this might lead to satisfaction or frustration.
Conflict Management. Making decisions with a group appears to complicate your ability of decision-making. Multiple parties increase the chances of conflict, so to keep yourself prepared for these situations, it’s always essential to practice conflict management. Identify the differences between a win-lose situation (like compromises where one side sacrifices what they want to please another) and win-win situations (like accommodations, when the two parties agree at a point in order to agree on both the things).
Collaborative. This is exactly what it sounds. Rather than making a decision yourself, you can collaborate in some way with other to make the right decision. An example here includes to meet others and know their thoughts and input, try out voting on the final decision (although that might bring together other types of models of decision making), or, otherwise rely on the group as a whole.
Combination. Not all decision making can be put in one place. Many people try this strategy of a combination of the different types of styles in decision making. For instance, rational and intuitive might be easily mixed. The person not necessarily uses any data, or design any logic charts, but they consider the decision from a logical point of view and then go with their instinct on their final decision.
Taking Charge. There’s a time to give in and also a time to be confident. If nobody takes a firm stand on a decision, you need to take the charge! Otherwise, you’ll lose your precious time trying to decide on a certain thing when you could have been productive.
Forgetting Mistakes. The greatest approach to good decision-making is overcoming on you for the past mistakes. To live with post-decision worries and regret really hurts the ability to decide on things fast and more efficiently in future, so instead of living on past errors and failures, take a decision and don’t look back once.
You should understand your preferred decision-making style which will help you be prepared for situations both at the workplace and in other phases and field of life.
With this, we conclude. Keep in mind the above tips and also know that they can help you in taking decision while choosing the right career.
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