I had the privilege of hearing President Obama speak at this year’s ATD conference, and one comment he made really stuck with me. He said that any decisions in his office that had a clear right or wrong answer were made by somebody else, before they were brought to his attention. The decisions that made it to his desk were the ones with no clear right or wrong answer. So he didn’t try to make the “right” decision, because there wasn’t one. Instead, he tried to make the best decision: the one he felt best about after considering all the options and information available.
Going through a rational decision making process – gathering facts and weighing the pros and cons, etc. – is great when you can come away with a clear “right” decision, but what about when there isn’t a clear right? The truth is that rational decision making only gets us so far, and tough decisions are tough because sometimes there’s no right way to go. So what do you do?
Luckily our newest Grovo Microlearning® content, from producer Joe Stanton, is here to help. Making Tough Decisions focuses on how to navigate through and ultimately move forward with those decisions that live in the gray. Specifically, this content includes:
- Addressing the Limits of Rational Decision Making: Learn what to do when rational decision making just doesn’t cut it, and a simple framework that can help you move forward.
- Mitigating Cognitive Bias: Learn about common biases that lead to flawed decision making, and how to account for them in your process.
- Getting Enough Information: Learn how to gain a well-rounded view of your options with information from diverse sources, and when you have enough information to move forward.
- Using Your Intuition: Finally, learn how to pull the trigger and keep yourself from second-guessing your decision.
Research has shown that the average person makes about 35,000 decisions a day, most of them with relative ease. But for the tough ones where you could use a little extra support, set yourself up to make the best decision you can. Start by taking one of our lessons, Avoid Decision Fatigue.