Taking Responsibility: The Decision-Making Process
The decision-making process is not something that can and should be done instantly. For one, no one wants to be blamed for being “responsible” for a particular decision. That is why as much as possible, people tend to spend time thinking and deciding whenever they are faced with serious decision-making situations. In this write-up, I will be sharing with you some steps that can make your decision-making process easier and an effective.
Step 1: Reflect on your decision.
As you consider the topic at hand, you have to think thoroughly about how your perceived decision can help resolve the matter. You have to be objective in identifying what makes your decision a good and a bad one. By doing this, you get to analyze the decision based on different angles.
Step 2: Do Your Research.
An internal assessment of your decision is crucial in making sure that it is indeed the appropriate decision. Try to figure out if the same approach worked well in the past and if it had favorable results. By tracking similar actions in your organization and seeing the results, you can understand how it may also work once the same decision is made.
Step 3: Raise alternatives.
A coin will always have two sides. Thus, a decision will always have an alternative. There is no such thing as a “sole” decision or an “absolute” decision. If you think the conclusion you are leaning to is a good one, do not feel complacent about it. Instead, think of ways of how you could challenge it.
Step 4: Weigh both sides.
You’ve reflected and analyzed your decision. At the same time, you also thought and pondered on choices. Now, what do you think is the better one? Which decision gives more advantages? Which decision posts more risks? These are just the questions that you can ask yourself while doing the process of decision-making.
Step 5: Finalize your decision
It is time for you to choose now. As you make the decision, it means that you are confident about and you know in yourself that it can give beneficial or desirable results. Whatever the possible outcome of the decision, you are fully prepared about it and have possible contingency plans.
Step 6: Act on it!
Decision-making does not stop in signing papers. You have to do something to make it work! You have to start exerting extra effort to ensure that your plans relative to your decision shall sail smoothly. Without action, the decision you’ve made will be significantly at risk.
Step 7: Review the results of the decision.
Whatever the result may be, either it was a good or a bad decision, you can always learn something from it. It will help you improve your decision-making skills, hone your analytical thinking better, and act as efficiently as possible. Raising questions like “what went wrong?” and “how can this decision be further improved?” are just some of the compelling questions to ask yourself as you review the results.
Decision-making, as I have said, takes courage and wisdom. As you decide on important aspects of your life, I hope that these steps will guide you and help you come up with good and sound decisions. Good luck!
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