We decide emotional, through our limbic brain system. This includes negative (doesn´t work to get to my goal ) and positive (this is how it works ) experience of our past. Add your work- or life experience on top and call it your “guts feeling”.
We decide strict rational when results are related to numbers once it comes to profit making.
We decide in chaos. We decide about new things in life. We decide when routine is absent. We decide less conscious. We stop deciding when we´re involved in or connected to a processed system. But how faithfull are we then …. when facing the consequences?
(5) Decision Making and Decision Making Tools
So there are obviously two sides of the story, separated by Logic. The subconscious becomes best friend with our automatic mode and the conscious is the guardian and critical leader. Now you can imagine how differently we tend to decide in life.
Lets take a quick look into our brain: Memories are coded and saved by our brain – which is ruled by the pattern of countless synaptic connections between our nerve-cells. Learning is related to acquire information but our memory is related to the application of it. And right here the emotions are waiting at the first intersection of our first field-application.
EMOTIONAL: Science talks about anticipated & immediate emotions and about positive & negative emotions, which are two studies about our behaviour when it comes to deciding. There is also the other wrapped statement that we decide and go for action only depending on fear or love. I drop this info for you so that you may think about it.
RATIONAL: We have some decision making tools available to follow our ratio and shorten the time span. Let me give you some examples:
- Ranking alternatives on each objective (incl. criteria)
- Consequences table for selection
- Make a series of even swaps to select the right choice
- The decision tree (including consequenes & uncertainties)
- Risk profile (in per-centage)
- Desirability curve (scores)
Fact: ALL decisions affect the future. The art of good decision making lies in systematic thinking which starts with adressing the right problem and ends with planning ahead for decisions linked over time.
Fact: we only decide quick and secure to reach our goal if we have the relevant information and/or if we are well experienced or can rely to a great network.
Everything else, the “learning curve” will be time consuming. We could decide faster & risky to go through more lessons learned by failure and mistakes or we wait and learn the abstract to apply afterwards, I guess the time span is the same. Some people are made for this and others for that.
I went from one application to the next to avoid hurting my emotions and to keep the rest energy for future decisions and actions. Even that was a conscious decision and this is part of Self-Leadership.
BE A DECISION MAKER. BECOME OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –