In order to make better decisions, it helps to understand how you make decisions in the first place. This tool can help you figure it out.
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There are seven different decision-making styles, according to Jeff Shinabarger, author of Yes or No: How Your Everyday Decisions Will Forever Shape Your Life. As he explains via his site:
Understanding how you make decisions is the starting point to making a more informed decision in the future. Your unique decision making style speaks to your strengths and also speaks to your greatest weakness.
Entrepreneur magazine runs down each of these styles, and a few of them include:
List approach: You make decisions only when you've methodically considered the pros and cons. Shinabarger says:
Every decision will start with a piece of paper and a line drawn from top to bottom creating a pro and con list. They can see things from every angle and won't choose until they have considered every option.
Data driven: Research is key to your decision-making, and you need hard numbers.
The more information they gather, the better. Numbers, research and reason guide what they do and how they decide.
Gut reaction: You make decisions based on feelings, and you're ok with taking risks
Decisions by these individuals are highly emotional and are instinctively known in a matter of moments. They are guided by that moment and are often challenging to predict by others.
Shinabarger created a website and tool that helps you find your own decision-making style based on a series of about fifty questions. It's straightforward enough, and, after taking it, you're given a summary of your style. Keep in mind, this is more or less a basic online quiz, based on his own ideas, so it's not a highly scientific personality assessment. Still, it rings true and can offer some basic insight on how you make decisions.
Check it out below, head to Shinabarger's site for more detail, and check out the Entrepreneur post for a nice summary of each of the seven styles.