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7 Decision Making Styles

Posted by: Jo Banks

Date: 02-09-2014

Have you ever thought about how you make decisions?  Here are 7 styles of decision making...


I've recently been working with a number of clients on enhancing their decision making ability, enabling them to make more powerful decisions.  I've been interested in understanding their current decision making process, because once you can understand that, it's easier to see how it can be improved.

There are at least 7 styles of decision making which we use either individually or a combination based on our past experiences.  There is no correct style, just different ways to reaching an end goal.

Once we recognise our own decision making style, it's easier to begin to see our team members, co-workers, children, partners in a new light and appreciate the unique perspectives that they can bring to your decision making.  It also helps us to understand their motivations and why they sometimes make decisions that we find hard to understand.

  1. Data Driven - Formulating decisions based on hard data, especially numbers/statistics/facts.  Researching, organising and considering all the available information.
  2. Collective Reasoning - Gathering a group of opinions before making any decision, gaining group consensus and buy in from everyone affected.
  3. Gut Reaction - Relying on feelings to make quick decisions.  Taking risks isn't an issue, decisions are usually made with an air of confidence.
  4. List Approach - Only moving forward after methodically considering the pros and cons of any decision.  Researched lists gives confidence and a pre-planned path for the future.
  5. Spiritually Guided - Making decisions through prayer/meditation, listening for a clear voice or signal of direction.
  6. Story Living - Making decisions based on the story that can be told afterwards. 
  7. Passive Undecided - Happy to move forward with almost any decision as long as the decision doesn't have to be ours.

The best decisions are usually made as a combination of these styles, cross referenced against each other.  There is no right or wrong, it just helps to identify your style for when you're having to make your next difficult decision.  Also, sharing this information with others and inviting other styles into your decision-making process will help you make better choices. 

Do you need help in increasing your decision making skills? Or is there another area of your business or life which requires some focus? Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation on how we can help you.

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