Why Making Decisions is So Hard and What to Do About It

Dr. Tim Buividas Management, Professional Development, Training and Development, Two-Minute Reads Leave a Comment

We all have to make multiple decisions each day. For many good reasons, some decisions are harder to make than others. Let’s use the DiSC model to understand how each of us is challenged, in our own way, to make the best choices possible.

 Overview of The DiSC Model

 The DiSC model profiles preferences that you have as you approach situations in your life. I like to think of these preferences in terms of an arrow, from the start of an initiative to the end:


DiSC Arrow

A “D” Dominant person gets going! They are focused on results. They are action-oriented when managing a task. They see the beginning and the end of the task, but the details tend to be fuzzy.

The “i” Influential person joins in to “help” the “D” and others succeed. They want to be inclusive and keep people away from conflicts. The “i” is focused on people always, not task.

The “S” Steady person gathers volumes of information as they are busy observing. They are aware of missing steps in a process and areas that need more definition. Their urgency to act is lowered by the fact that they need information to take action.

The “C” Conscientious style is a person who prefers to evaluate rather than create. They wait to become involved until the end of a task to ensure that standards and accuracy needs are met.


How Each Style Can be Supported to Make Great Decisions

  1. Support a “D” be a better decision maker by having them consider details, not just results. This will take persistent, strong support. Encourage them to consider their impact on people and their feelings.
  2. Support an “i” be a better decision maker by focusing them off of people’s needs and feelings and back onto task realities, such as expected outcomes and timelines. Reassure them that a sound decision has to include facts as well as people.
  3. Support an “S” to be a better decision maker by providing detail that they crave, and yet holding firm to deliverable timelines.
  4. Support a “C” to be a better decision maker by having them expose their questions, hunches, and thoughts early in the project development life. Remind them to be open to others ideas and that they don’t have to be right – there is value in building ideas from others.

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