What is Decision Making Process?
In its simplest sense, decision making process is the act of choosing between two or more courses of action.
We face a decision making process on a daily basis. It is possible to distinguish between making decisions according to their size and meaning for us.
There are many studies that explain a decision-making and a good number of books have been written on this subject.
One of the most successful ones that I have read an amazing book and one of Dan Arieli‘s best sellers: “The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.”
On a very personal level recommends reading, there is a lot to learn from.
At the moment, I would like to refer less to the decision-making process that is explained by research but rather to relate to the topic at our level, daily diary and what the right methods are to make it simple for us.
We make decisions all the time.
A person receives tens to hundreds of decisions a day.
The most simple example of making a decision:
- Just imagine shopping in a neighborhood supermarket. We are in front of a shelf and do not know what type of cornflakes we should buy. Less healthy but very tasty for us. We stand in front of the shelf and do not know what to purchase …
This is a very classic and simplified example of the decision making process.
More examples of the decision making process:
- Choose a class for our children
- Pick out clothes in the morning, part of us this task is really not easy 😉
On the other hand, we have decisions that are much more meaningful to us and why are they meant to us?
Sometimes those decisions have a direct impact on our environment, people we love, our family.
Example of meaningful decisions that we make in our life :
- Choosing a workplace
- Buying a house in a certain area and at a certain cost
- Pick out schools for our kids
This kind of Decisions affects us both on a daily and long-term basis.
If I decide between cornflakes and decide to buy less healthy but tastier has a short-term effect on my life, which comes down to a slight weight increase.
However, In case of a job that is not professional enough for me, a staff that works with me is not social and unpleasant to work with. Will affect my life twice:
- The first time – In the long term I will be disgruntled and not satisfied with the professional and social atmosphere.
- The second time -I will probably bring it home and pour my remorse on family members.
Therefore, it is very important to make a decision-making process (especially important decisions for you ) in a responsible manner.
So how to make the best decision for you?
By my experience, the process of making decisions is changing in different periods of life.
What do I mean?
Imagine you decided to study at a specific university in a certain department. As part of the decision-making process was a factor of the prestige of the same university and especially the group you decided to study. The person who teaches in this department won the Nobel Prize or participated in some international research that certainly adds prestige to that circle.
You went to study there and you spent a few years studying there, but when you look there is a possibility that you would choose another because the students’ lives were very sparse, boring and not varied at this university compared to the stories of your friends who studied at other universities.
It is important to note that the decision-making process requires not only analysis but also mental power.
Making decisions always involves taking risks – no safe decisions.
In the professional aspect, for example, one of the parameters that distinguish a junior employee and this manager is the ability to make decisions.
During my career, I met quite a few brilliant employees in their fields. Employees were able to progress on their career steps, but at the moment of truth, they did not know how to make decisions that affect other people.
The easiest decision-making method I have used in many years (I used it when I was in a dilemma about buying an apartment) or in the case of choosing a school for my son is to create a Weighted Decision Matrix.
Here a good example to it :
You have a few job proposals that you are very deliberative about. Create a weighted decision matrix and write down some parameters that are very important to you in choosing a place of work.
Parameters for choosing a place of work could be :
- Distance from home
- The Professional challenge
- Promotion ability
My Suggestion. Summarize the total score, and you will receive a “representative” number for you.
Here is a simple desicion matrix that gives you an order of options for making decisions and defining parameters that are important to you.
With those desion matrix possible to calculate the right decision for you.
Here is example of the weighted decision matrix :
Lots of success in your decision-making process, work according to methods that already work .
As a result of each process will be much easier for you.
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