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Decision Making Techniques: A Step by Step Process

Learn time tested tools and techniques for making confident decisions so you can excel at work and at home.
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Created by Chuck Clayton
Last updated 1/2016
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What Will I Learn?
Use the 5 simples steps for making almost any decision
Use 4 Powerful decision making tools
Make confident decisons you will be happy about before and long after the decision is made
The power of convergent and divergent thinking
Much more...
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  • No requirements except for a curious and open mind.

This course is designed to teach you simple, practical, and incredibly powerful time tested tools, techniques and methodologies to make great decisions!

Consider this course if you have difficulty making great decisions or just need to polish your decision making skills and learn some clean, crisp and powerful methods of decision making.

The course is short, but high impact!

You will learn:

  • What affects your decisions
  • The decision making process
  • The 5 simple steps to make awesome decisions
  • How to become an expert investigator
  • 4 Powerful decision making tools
  • The Power of Convergent and divergent thinking
  • And much more

There will be fun quizzes to strengthen your comprehension and downloadable sheets to help you on becoming an awesome decision maker!

This course is a no nonsense, practical course focused on common sense applicable ideas. The course is designed so you can immediately start using the methods in your own life, both personally and professionally.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants simple, but powerful tools, techniques and methodologies to make from small to very large decisions.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 01:01:10
Course Introduction and About Your Instructor
2 Lectures 03:20

This is the introduction to the course and explains what the course teaches. You will learn simple and practical, but incredibly powerful and time tested tools, techniques and methodologies to make great decisions!

Preview 01:54

This is a quick overview of my skills and why I am teaching decision making skills.

Preview 01:26
The Decision Making Steps
10 Lectures 28:55

Most decisions, especially the important ones are affected by money, stress, time, facts, data, resources and of course our feelings and emotions. Although these factors may seem obvious to some at first glance, it is the proper management of these critical areas that the exceptional decision makers are great at.

What Affects Your Decisions?

This section describes the simplicity and eloquence of the decision making process and how to use it to grow into an awesome decision maker.

The Decison Making Process

Once you have determined that you need to make a decision and it is big enough to give some serious thought to, then there are 5 simple but powerful steps that be can be used. I use these steps all the time for making decisions in my life both personally and professionally. There is nothing magical about them.They are simple, practical and time proven.

Simple Steps for Making Awesome Decisions - Overview

Researching the facts and data is the critical first step in decisions of any importance.For many people this may seem difficult, time consuming and sometimes intimidating.It doesn’t have to be that way! Getting to the pure golden nuggets of information can mean the difference between a poor decision and a great one.

Step 1: Collect the Facts and Data

This section covers in depth how to do great investigation on any subject. Investigation should be at the core of any important decision.

Step 1 Part 2: How ot Be an Expert Investigator

Assumptions about any information you have gathered in Step 1 is crucial. Assumptions are used instead of facts and data when the facts and data are unavailable, or time is limited. Wrong assumptions will lead you down the wrong path of decision making. Consequently, assumptions need to be questioned. This section addresses those questions. It also explores the importance of interpretations and implications and conclusions.

Step 2: Make Your Assumptions

When making many decisions there are options available. Doing the proper research and studying the options carefully is important. The more important the decision, the more time should be invested in identifying and investigating those options.

Step 3: Identify Your Options

This section covers incorporating your logic, common sense and your feelings to make decisions you will feel good about now, and later. It also explores the importance of the left-brain, right-brain crossover.

Step 4: Use Logic, Common Sense and Your Feelings

This the core of decision making. It is the FUN part! This section covers the two primary types of decisions, dealing with uncertainty, modifying your decisions and the importance of reviewing your lessons learned.

Step 5: Make Your Decison

This is a downloadable PDF of the 5 step decision making process.
Simple Steps to Making Awesome Decisons PDF
1 page

This quiz covers the steps of making awesome decisions.

Simple Steps to Making Awesome Decisons
2 questions
Powerful Decision Making Tools
7 Lectures 14:16

This section covers four foundational tools for making excellent decisions.They are unquestionably some of my favorite decision making tools because of their power and versatility.And, they are simple, practical and are easy to learn and apply.

Preview 01:11

This is incredibly powerful and is one of my favorite decision making tools! I continuously depend on it and it helps me focus my time and energies to get the most bang for the buck. I hope you find it as useful.

The Pareto Principal

Pareto’s Diagram is a bar chart that prioritizes information.It shows the relative importance of things by charting them from left to right. It frequently becomes clear that eighty percent of effects are within twenty percent of the components measured. This example shows how the Pareto Principal works in real life.

The Pareto Diagram Example

Commonly used for business decisions SWOT can be used for personal decisions as well such as deciding whether to going back to school.SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

SWOT Analysis

This is a downloadable PDF of the SWOT analysis.

SWOT Analysis PDF
1 page

The Ben Franklin balance sheet close for Yes and No decisions is a method used by some top sales people to help clients make a decision.Tom Hopkins a famous sales trainer calls it: “One of the most magnificent closes that have ever come into the selling profession.”

The Ben Franklin Balance Sheet Close

Sometimes decisions need to be made quickly. All of your knowledge, education, experience, reasoning, intuition, common sense and confidence must come together rapidly. This section covers how to develop these skills.

Thin Slicing

Which tool is used for comparison studies?

Decision Making Tools
1 question
Convergent and Divergent Thinking
2 Lectures 06:51

Convergent and divergent thinking skills are both aspects of intelligence and critical thinking. Both of these skills are powerful thinking tools that are extremely helpful when making decisions.

Preview 06:51

Convergent and Divergent Thinking PDF
5 pages
Wrap Up
1 Lecture 00:48

This is a final note from me to you thanking you for completing the course.

Your Journey Continues
About the Instructor
3.8 Average rating
13 Reviews
1,194 Students
4 Courses
CEO of 3CForce

Chuck Clayton teaches individuals high powered thinking skills to make powerful decisions and create a purpose driven life personally and professionally.

His goals are to help others:

* To become thought leaders, not followers
* Make confident decisions and stop repeating the same mistakes.
* Become proactive not reactive.
* Break through tough business and/or personal barriers.
* Have clarity of purpose.
* Set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals (SMART).

Chuck's experience is extensive.
His background is as a professional mechanical design and development engineer and problem solver. Chuck has also been a principal systems engineer and a principal quality engineer.

He has worked in several different industries and disciplines. He has worked on ground support equipment for the space shuttle, satellites, oilfield equipment, computers, and more. He has also had several small businesses, websites,and more.

Chuck has a BSME from Michigan Tech University and a MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a Certified Raytheon Six-Sigma expert and a Toastmaster Advanced Communicator Gold.

Chuck is the author of 3 books including: The Re-Discovery of Common Sense--A Guide to the Lost Art of Critical Thinking. This book has been used for several years as a primary text at the University of Missouri's online school Mizzou for a course called: Writing for the Critical Thinker.

In his spare time Chuck enjoys Argentine Tango, golf, traveling, working out, learning the internet, the early space program, and learning on a wide array of subjects.

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