As mentioned in my Work Leading Principles post, decision making is sometimes difficult for me at work. There are decisions I can make in my sleep, but every so often, decisions on how to handle something delicate, or with extreme importance comes along. Amy Gallo has discussions with a behavioral scientist and a listener on the fundamentals of decision making on the Women at Work podcast.
To make sound decisions, you need to: 1) refer back to your goals and values 2) assess the timing of when the decision needs to be made 3) ensure you have all the information you need to make the decision (engage counsel if required) 4) list out the options 5) weigh the pros and cons of each option and 6) determine the impact (if applicable) to yourself or others. Highlighting the trade-offs helps in decision making as well—what is the impact of each option and which of the impacts is best for you/your decision making.
Discussion around indecisiveness is also reviewed. Indecisiveness can be a good tool for self-questioning, but when in the extreme, it can be overwhelming and paralyzing. If you find that you are being indecisive, you need to step back and narrow your decision down; you may want to engage someone else’s opinion.
Questioning our decisions after the fact may come into play. All decisions made may not be the best decision made, but It’s important to remain committed to your decision. When you make a decision considering the potential trade-offs, your decision was made within the context of the information you had at the time. If you question your decision, it can impede your ability to move forward and adjust or address.
Lastly, they talk about imposter syndrome and decisions can expose you where it feeds into the negative thoughts of yourself. The solution is to continue to make decisions and learn from them, much like an athlete improves performance with practice. Interestingly, there is research showing those who have imposter syndrome tend to be better respected by bosses.
A good podcast to listen to if you struggle with decision making; link below.
Women at Work – The Essentials: Making Sound Decisions Podcast
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Wow, didmi realise imposter syndrome tends to be better respected by bosses. That’s interesting. I guess some bosses are able to utilise it.
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That’s what they are saying, and I think it kinda makes sense. I’m thinking a lot of people that suffer with imposter syndrome, me included, are over achievers.
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Yes, and I think we also tend to be people pleasers which may be valuable to a boss.