Fundamentals of Decision Quality
Learn the basic concepts for good decision-making to gain this essential life skill.
Improve your chances of getting more of what you really want by making better decisions. Whether a decision is good or bad depends on how we make it, not on the outcome. To be sure we reach a decision which makes sense and feels right, we need to understand the concepts of what makes a good, quality, decision. Making quality decisions consistently has a higher percentage of getting good outcomes.
Declaring a Decision
Stop to Consider: Claiming Decision Power
"Declaring" a decision is consciously creating the space for a choice--driving a wedge between stimulus and response.
Distinguishing Types of Decisions
Understand the Decision Problem Before Plunging In
Three Types of Decisions
Defining Decision Quality
Good decisions do not guarantee good outcomes, but, on average, consistently better decisions lead to consistently better outcomes.
The distinction between a good decision and a good outcome
Process for Making Quality Decisions
I Really Want to Get This Right
However, a good decision process will help us to face whatever it is that is most important in reaching the best choice, even if it takes effort or feels uncomfortable.
Balancing Head and Heart
Decisions require both the head and the heart. Good choices result from a process of reasoning and caring. Good choices make sense and feel right.
Know Your Preferences, Strengths, and Weaknesses
Understanding our own preferences helps us to leverage our natural strengths as well as anticipate where we might want to work harder or seek help.
Avoid Traps and Biases
Face It: We Are a Bunch of Quirks and Emotions
We all have biases that affect how we filter and interpret information.
Become Decision Fit
Build Good Decision Habits
By applying the principles and process described here, we can reach DQ in a systematic manner. Although the approach is sound for all decisions, it is not practical for the many in-the-moment decisions where time is short. Some of these in-the-moment decisions can be life shaping—e.g., our response in emergencies or our choice to become a passenger with a driver that has been drinking alcohol. Also, the sum total of many small decisions, when taken together, may have a very big impact on our life.
Keep Enhancing Your Decision Skills
Keep Sharpening Your Decision Skills
The decision process we recommend builds learning into making each specific decision: go through the decision—once quickly—not to decide, but to identify what you may be missing in the six links. Then, before you really decide, use that learning to improve the weakest elements in the decision.
Other People's Various Roles Affect Your Decisions
Dictatorial Permissive Authoritative Partner Coach
Decision Process for Groups
How We Work Together Makes a Difference
Participants in decision-making may be serving in three distinct roles: decision-maker, decision staff, or content expert/implementer.