Decisions. . . decisions. . . decisions!

Tips For Good Decision Making – Get relaxed, be positive, be confident, be present, be focused on the task. Making a good decision requires us to identify the real goal.

DecisionsDecision making skills are critical to personal and professional success. All to often we make important decisions based on emotions, like frustration and fear, or on wishes and desires. These decisions have great potential to backfire, or not produce the desired results. Truly effective decision-making takes time – it is a process that calls for us to look at the situation or problem with a clear perspective and accurate information. Don’t be timid about taking time to engage in the process before making that important choice.

Once we have identified the real goal for our decision, we need to determine the objectives that will support that goal. If we know what the goal is, and we are clear on what objectives must be met to reach that goal, we can now look for alternatives. This is where the decision-making process really begins!

There are so many tools at our disposal for decision-making, from easy simple ones, to more in-depth skilled ones. A simple pro and con list is a great way to break down options. Helping us to set aside some of the emotional stress that problems can stir up, a pro/con list for each alternative will allow us to look at the alternatives in an objective way. It will clarify potential consequences and open our eyes to benefits we had not yet considered.

A more complex tool is to create consequence models and weighted scoring tables – while this tool sounds like a sophisticated statistics or mathematical model, it really isn’t at all – it just has to be learned! There is a very clear set of steps involved and the results provide clear indicators of the most reasonable alternative for a given situation.

If all of that sounds like a lot more work than you have to spend on analyzing the alternatives and objectives for the decision at hand, then at the very least take some time to sit in a quiet spot and really think about the alternatives.  What are the alternative solutions to the situation? What does each alternative has to offer, both in regards to consequences and benefits.

Breath deeply. . .relax.

Be confident in your ability.

Be present . . .focus on the goal.


About lauraparkeraifd

Laura is the owner of Fresh Start Floral Consulting LLC, a business consulting and coach firm specializing in small and medium sized floral retailers, and designers. A 20+ year veteran of the floral industry Laura has dedicated her career to educating and enriching the lives of floral professionals. Learning the basics of floral design as a child gave her a love of everything floral. Beginning a professional floral career in 1988 Laura specialized in wedding and event design for several years, going on to found Parker Floral School & Design Co. a vocational training school and a full-service retail flower shop. She spent over 13 years teaching floral design through the vocational training school. Laura spent five years as a part of the Flora magazine team as a contributing writer and featured designer. In 1998, Laura earned accreditation by the Michigan Floral Association as a Michigan Certified Florist. Laura attained accreditation and was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2000. She holds a degree in Bachelor in Business Administration with concentration in Small Business. She is currently working on an MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. Laura served on the Michigan Certified Florist Development Team and MCF Standing Committee for six years, several Michigan Floral Association Spring Conference Planning Committees, and the Board of Directors for the Michigan Unit of Teleflora. She has served on the Executive Board of Directors for the North Central Chapter of AIFD since 2011 as Treasurer 2011-2013, and as President Elect 2013-2014, and was been editor of the North Central AIFD Newsletter from 2008- 2013. An award-winning designer, Laura has competed in the Teleflora Ruby Dunstan Design Contest, the Michigan Floral Association Professional Competition, earning a spot in the Michigan Floral Association Designer of the Year competition in 2006 and 2007. Laura was recognized as the 2007 Michigan Floral Association “Designer of the Year“ and has earned entry into the Academy level of floral design competition in Michigan.

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