I have this long-term girlfriend who always needs some extra time to decide which menu to choose when we go out for lunch or dinner. She was often upset because I knew real fast what I wanted. I am a fast decider, which is how it sounds to her but actually I make up my mind before I go and then there are times when I am open for completely new things.
I am sure you know whom to choose from your team for a raise of salary or with whom you want to talk about a new project or task. We choose by given criteria from the past year – the past experience we made. But how come some people decide quite fast and others just, don´t?
There are two different “decision levels” we either carry inside of us:
- some are MAXIMIZERS (they only accept 100%)
- others are SATISFICERS (they are happy with 95-99%)
My girlfriend is a maximizer, she goes nuts by the thought she could miss something “better”, she wants the ultimate “thing”.
I am a satisficer, someone who´s satisfied with the best within a certain, limited criteria. I do think efficient and wouldn´t waste a lot of time to look for something else which is probably only 3% better than what I found and what I already very much like and want. I reach my goals quite fast. If I can´t hold on to a certain goal I have tried to reach because it moves outside my limited space, I am satisfied that it exists but go for the next reachable goal. Why? Only success makes people happy.
Where is your decision level?
Are you a maximizer who only goes for the BEST deal, who runs around and tries 100 ways to find it and be happy only then? Or are you more realistic, limit your time, check your choices within the space you move and go for the best within? Are you the one who gets things done and then looks for the next goal? Are you the one that opens the given space to make more things happen?
Are you satisfied today?
Or are you still looking for the…. ?
BE A DECISION MAKER. BECOME OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –