Decision-Making Made Easy

We make decisions every day. That’s part of our job. And, most of he time, things go right with those decisions. Rarely do we make massive howlers that send the FTSE 100 index crashing through the floor, or find the building around us burn to the ground.

If you need to make large, long-lasting decisions that will have an impact on what you do in the future, it would be good to have some kind of model that assists us and provides a firm foundation for the decision that has to be made.

Let’s take an example. Let’s assume you have to decide whether to accept a new job somewhere else or stay with your current position.

One way of doing it would be to use something known as the “backwards-decision model”

It’s called this because, naturally, it’s made up of the acronym ‘noisiced’, which is ‘decision’ spelled backwards.

Here’s how it would run if you had to think through this scenario of whether to move jobs:

Needs – why do I need to move?

Objectives – does the job help me achieve my ambitions?

Information – do I have all the info I need what more info do I require?

Strategy – does it fit into my life plans?

Investigate – check out other possibilities

Choose – what steps do I need to take to make the move?

Ego states – how do I feel? – what do I think? – what should I do?

Decide – make the decision

You can see how this acronym can be used in other areas of life where decisions have to be made. Try it out and see what results you get from it. It may surprise you how a ‘backwards’ model can be so efficient!

Many thanks

Mark Williams

Head of Training

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Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.