Is making decisions a skill that you can develop


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Is making decisions a skill that you can develop

  1. 1. Decision making/risk analysis is taught in Project Management (linkbelow), so yes, it is a skill that can be developed. Aside from being taught, as you make decisions that have a badoutcome, such as touching a hot stove, you learn from that experiencefor the future. Scott Holmes Network AdministratorBeing Versatile in the Job. Finding Opportunities in Problems Knowing the likes and dislikes of your boss. Understanding the Limitations of Power and Authority. Understanding the Situations for Making a Decision. Prem Kumar Head Administration at Gmmco Caterpillar
  2. 2. Yes, you can teach decision making, so long as it is taught in termsof a repeatable process. While no one can teach you how to makethe right decision every time you are faced with one, if you caninculcate a mental process that includes reflecting on what broughtyou to the decision point, what your response options are and, mostimportantly, how conditions can be revised to avoid the repeat of thedecision point itself. Jeffrey Canter President of Step 1 LLCHard work is when we keep repeating the same old things in order tomake a difference in the results. Smart work is being able to discover and correct mistakes and keepworking at the resulting things in order to make a difference in theresults. Renjit Ebroo Coach: Organizational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship
  3. 3. Youve got to make a distinction between rational and non-rationaldecision making. In rational decision making you learn to take decisions insteps, to think about criteria and weights, to calculate risks and to evaluateoutcomes. In this sense you can learn how to make a decision based onarguments for your choices. A decision can have a good or a bad outcome,but I feel youve got to split outcome from decision making process. Theprocess is what you study and improve, the outcome might become easierto predict, but that depends on so much more of course.  Continued
  4. 4. When it comes to non-rational decision making, like based onyour intuition, its hard to see this as a skill that you can train,because much (or almost all) of it happens in oursubconscious. You can study human behavior and see howour decision making is being influenced by for exampleexternal parties. Dan Ariely wrote a great book called Predictably irrationalabout how our decision making is being influenced by forexample the way the problem is being presented to us.Studying these situations will make you more aware of yourown irrational decision making. Of course this does not meanthat youre making better decisions, but at least youunderstand the process. Arjen Booy Lecturer at Saxion University of Applied Sciences
  5. 5. I believe that anything in life can be learned. Babies teach us that.While we can never be taught how to make the best decisions ineverything in life, we can be taught how to see and listen to theworld around us, which in turn, helps us find the best solutions.Some people believe in pro/cons lists. Some talk it out. Somemake a decision and sleep on it. Some do all three. A first step Ithink would be to read two different books to guide you on thisjourney. One would be about decision making and the other aboutlearning/brain functions. My suggestion for the latter would be"Brain Rules." I just read it and it is completely applicable here. Happy decision making! Richard Dedor Communications and Management Specialist
  6. 6. Others replying to this post have given some excellent information ondeveloping good decision making skills.For many of our actions,however, we are engaging not in an intellectual decision making processbut simply by habit. For an excellent read on habits and how they replace decision making,Id recommend "The Power of Habit - why we do what we do in life andbusiness" by Charles Duhigg. Great book. Patricia Pitsel, Ph.D. Principal at Pitsel & Associates Ltd.
  7. 7. Absolutely yes! Decision Making and Problem Solving are criticalbusiness skills that can be improved through training on the skills,tools and techniques that increase efficiency and accuracy in makingdecisions. At Global Bankers Institute we include Decision Making in all of ouroperations management, supervisory and leadership courses. If youhave a specific need, please reach out to me at the contactinformation below.  Clifford Brody Founder and CEO at Global Bankers Institute  
  8. 8. Good decision-making is a function of experience and maturity.Every time you make a decision, implement the decision andevaluate the results of your actions, you gain experience.You learn about what works and what doesnt (both actions anddecision-making processes). You learn about trusting your instinctsand honing them if necessary. You learn about relying solely onyourself or bringing in other people to advise your process.Some of these evaluations are difficult for people who are still youngenough to believe they know everything and can do anything.Maturity teaches you that if someone else knows more than you doabout a subject, it is not a cause for embarrassment, but a cause forcelebration because there is someone who can help improve yourdecision-making process. Even great mentors often need a mentor! Michelle Hill Fitness content writer for current/retired pro athletes
  9. 9. The difference about hard work and smart work is simply a matter ofpreference, proper adjustment and definition. If you work smart thenhard work turns into smart, however if you work hard does notnecessarily mean that you are working smart. Smart work is about using all of your resources in such way that eventhe hardest work seems easy. Hard work, well if we dont work smartthen its easy to make our work harder. Does that all make sense? Tosimplify, it takes smart work to manage hard work. Smart work triggersour unconscious mind. If we believe that the work is hard to start withthen it will be. If we believe that the work is smart it will be too. Its amatter of approach and attitude. The hardest work is to make hard workturn into smart one. Peter Sliwinski Learning & development professional
  10. 10. Decision making is a skill that can be honed over the period of time.Like any other skill, it takes lot of practice and learning to becomebetter at it. It is important to note that theres no such thing as a perfect decision.But there are many ways of arriving at one. Some make decisions basedon intuition, risk involved, some on extensive research, some consultothers, some all of the above. It is important to keep taking decisions, rather than procrastinating it.The more you take decisions, the better you get at it. Take decisions.Take action. Learn. Move to next. Saurabh Kulkarni  Web Sales Manager at Mithi Software Technologies Pvt Ltd
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