A decision is supposed to be the end result of a chain of events involving judgement, after which you choose between alternatives. Decision making is a standardized process involving the collection of information from all available sources. It can be defined as the conscious choice between different possible solutions for achieving a goal.
Some steps involved with making a decision are to:
- Gather all relevant information and analyze the facts (objective criteria).
- Analyze alternatives, keeping situational awareness and using risk assessment. Compare the situation with previous situation encountered (subjective criteria). When in haste, correct analysis may be bypassed in favour of a decision prepared beforehand.
- Decide and do – make your choice and act on it, although other factors may affect the quality of your decision and your ability to implement it.
- Evaluate the outcome – and be prepared to start all over again.
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