Everyone has come across an influential person or entity in which shapes the foundation of your core value system. Whether it was your parents, grandparents, a church or school, values were instilled.
Your core values system essentially becomes a significant source and motivation for how you choose to make decisions.
Core Value: Money Decision would be influenced to gain the most money.
Core Value: God Decision would be influenced on your belief in God.
Core Value: Family Decision would be influenced based on family unit.
Dynamics of Human Communication concludes, “They (values) provide people with a guidance system which is supposed to enable them to choose the ‘right’ alternative when several courses of action are possible.”
State the problem- You must have a clear understanding of the problem and the decision which needs to be made.
Develop Alternatives- Make a list of all the alternatives. This could range from the most obvious alternatives to creative ideas. Don’t limit your thought because sometimes some of the best alternatives come from out-of-the-box thinking. Research is the key at this stage. Facts are collected to help make the best choice.
Evaluate the Alternative- This is the stage to analyze all the options and weigh the advantages and disadvantages. By rating the options you can filter out the negative outcomes and arrive at the best alternative.
Make the Decision- After analysis of all options you should be left with a high order of alternatives. Select the alternative which is most appropriate to reaching your end goal.
Implement the Decision- A decision has no impact unless it is implemented. In order to reach an end goal or to make sure a problem is solved, you must implement the decision in the form of action.
Monitor the Decision- Examine the decision to ensure that the goal was achieved or the problem was solved successfully. If the objective was not met begin again at step one.