Before any decision, you have to explore the problem: Why is the decision being taken? And what to expect from the consequences? But what comes first: time, money or quality? Is rushing into an easy solution beneficial or it is best if you put your weight financially and consume your time for better results?
- Gather all the needed data systematically.
Taking a decision isn’t magic! Collect, compare, arrange and construct all the required data for a decision. Any possible detail must be scrutinized and assessed in order to make a good choice. Investigate in every point related to the problem and highlight the major ones.
Focus on any sensitive detail that might be the turning point in the decision leading to success. All the provided opinions must be taken into consideration: others may be in position where things seem clearer to them.
- Be creative and take action in looking for solutions and alternatives to the problem.
Broaden your horizons and options, write down whatever pops into your head and don’t ignore any idea. As a first step just make the list regardless of the evaluation. Brainstorming is the key.
Be creative: check what’s new and better and don’t search for the conventional.
- Make a PRECISE list of all the great choices.
Eliminate all the unsubstantial options. In your final list keep only the important points otherwise it will become complicated. Divide the list between efficient and unattainable.
- Be a decision maker.
You need to examine each point on your list and study its benefits and risks. Make sure to take into consideration any divergence in your personal analysis and evaluate all your expectations.
Each point must be studied according to the key factors so that the results may be analyzed all together. Prioritize each factor regarding its importance and make sure to handle the critical ones.
Watch out not to get too much involved in neglecting the basics: if this happens ignore it for a while and delay the decision. This may give you another prospect.
- Apply your decision.
Try to have a plan B (emergency plan) in case plan A failed you.
Learn to discuss the solutions if others oppose you with their opinions.
If a whole team has to be involved in a decision he decision, then take into consideration what the others are implying.
Interact with the members and discuss your views, demonstrate your personal ideas and make sure your message is conveyed and understood and most importantly engage them in the decision for the best results.
- Assess the results
It’s not a catastrophe if things didn’t work out for the best and you failed! The important thing is that you learn from the experience you have been through.