dinesh_whocares4u Started The Discussion:
Hi, Please can you guys help me to find the stages involved in decision making process along with a few examples? Thanks
4th June 2007 From India, Mumbai



STEP 1: Identify the decision to be made. You realize that a decision must be made. Your

Awareness may be triggered by a variety of things: the need to declare a major,

Pressure from friends and family to make a vocational choice, or a general sense

Of dissatisfaction or unease. You then go through an internal process of trying to

Define clearly the nature of the decision you must make.

STEP 2: Gather relevant information. Most decisions require collecting pertinent

Information. The real trick in this step is to know what information is needed, the

Best sources of information, and how to get it. Some information must be sough

From within yourself through a process of self-analysis; other information must be

Sought from outside yourself-books, people, and other sources.

STEP 3: Identify alternatives. Through the process of collecting information you will

Probably identify two or more possible paths of action. You may also use your

Imagination and information to construct new alternatives.

STEP 4: Weigh evidence. Draw on your information and emotions to imagine what it

Would be like if you carried out each of the alternatives to the end. You must

Evaluate whether the problem or need identified in Step 1 would be helped or

Solved through the use of each alternative. Eventually you are able to place the

Available alternatives in priority order, based upon your own value system.

STEP 5: Choose among alternatives. Once you have weighed all the evidence, you are

Ready to select the alternative which seems to be best suited to you. You may even

Choose a combination of alternatives.

STEP 6: Take action. You now take some positive action which begins to implement the

Alternative you choose in Step 5.

STEP 7: Review decision and consequences. In this step you experience the results of

Your decision and evaluate whether or not it has “solved” or helped to solve the

Problem in Step 1. If yes, you may stay with the decision. If no, you may repeat

Certain steps of the process in order to make a new decision.


1. Decisions are tentative; you can change your mind.

2. There is probably no one right choice; and few decisions are totally wrong.

3. Deciding is a process, not a static, one-time event. We are constantly re-evaluating in

Light of new information.

4. When it comes to a career decision, remember you are not choosing for a lifetime; in

All probability, you will have several careers during your working life. Choose for

Now and don’t worry whether you’ll still enjoy it 20 years from now.

5. There’s a big difference between decision and outcome. You can make a good

Decisions based on the information at hand and still have a bad outcome. The decision

is within your control, but the outcome is not. All decisions have that element of

chance, risk.

6. Think of the worst outcome. Could you live with that? If you could live with the

worst, then anything else does not seem that bad.

7. Indecision is a decision not to decide. There are probably risks involved in not

deciding, in not taking action.

8. Try to avoid either/or thinking; usually there are more than two options. Be

imaginative and creative.

9. You may want to consult others for information but eventually you must make up

your own mind. Sometimes it may be a good idea to consult more than one source so

that your information is not biased.

10. Listen to your inner voice; trust your intuition. What feels right?

From: University of Missouri Career Specialist Selection & Training Manual by Robert

McDaniels (editor), 1995.
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