Everyone thinks that they are making good decisions when doing so. Nobody actively chooses to take disastrous choices except for some who are battling mental stress. Only in hindsight can you know for sure if you have made a good or bad decision.
“Behind every intelligent decision lies an effective coin flip.”
What defines a successful decision? Is it the expected outcome or the process taken to get there? If you chase the result, then you cannot be sure if the result was delivered by sheer luck or that the success can be repeated again. Some say effective decisions require an effective decision-making process. However, without instilling checks and balances, a mere method alone cannot provide a good foundation for business decisions.
The biggest conflicts in business decisions come from a poor understanding of the needs driven by misguided data and unintentional biases.
Having a decision-making process alone does not kick our clarity of choices, opportunities, and risks. There needs to be a quality check in the process to ensure decision-makers bring their highest quality intentions and clear minds.
Business decisions are often regarded as rational, often relying on data and facts for clear choices. Yet, there is not enough facts and data in the world to predict a 100% outcome. The best decisions navigate the “heart vs. head” conflict, continually questioning facts, as well as your assumptions.
Is your business built on passion or information? A great decision is created from passion (heart) and challenged with information (head).
We face constant mental battle between our hearts (gut instincts, intuition) and our heads (rational thinking). We are no more rational in our business decisions as we are in our personal choices. We are just assumed to be less emotional in business decisions.
Aligning our rational minds to our intuition is not a straightforward process, yet it provides the best solutions:
“Your movie is not my movie.”
Businesses hire third-party consultants and analyze big mounds of data to seem rational in their approaches. There is discomfort in using intuition because biases muddy our thought process and are individualistic in nature. Your perception will never be the same as others. Instead of exploring all possibilities we seek to confirm what we know best. By using a guided intuition process, you can outsmart your brain and broaden your thinking to make better choices.
Our cognitive process for making judgment calls and decisions, shifts from intuitive to rational driven by five factors. We are never one or the other, as pop fiction would like us to believe as left-brained or right-brained. Leading Lotus decision-making framework identifies your thought processes on an intuitive-analytical spectrum and helps make precise decisions based on unbiased and intellectual thinking.
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