Decisions: we make them all the time. Some decisions are small and happen regularly- what to wear, what to eat for breakfast, or what type of soap to buy. Other decisions are larger and might happen only once: whether or not to get married, if we should change jobs or careers; or that big move out of state. How often do you stop to think about how you go about making these decisions? Do you know what factors go into making a good decision – or make what common pitfalls might cause you to make a bad decision? There are many invisible forces that impact how you make decisions, as well as the type of decisions you make. In the first part of this course, we’ll explore how paradigms, assumptions, and biases influence your decision-making and might unknowingly prevent you from making good decisions. In the second half, we will go into strategies you can apply to make good decisions in your daily life and at work.
By the end of this course, you will understand the following:
- What decision-making is and how it works
- Factors that influence decision-making and how to navigate through this
- How to make better decisions in your personal and work-life
- The necessary steps to making decisions
We know that different people like to learn in different ways. If you like to write notes as you work through a course, here’s a handy study guide (.PDF) for you, in printable or “fillable” form. Use the printable version if you would like to print out the study guide and write down your notes. Or, if you prefer to use a PDF reader you can take notes on your favorite handheld device using the “fillable” version.