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The Complete Decision Making Learning Path

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13 skill-based courses

In 2 Skill Sets

Learning Path Duration

01H 07M

What Will I Learn?

Learning Path

About Decision Making

When you successfully finish this learning path, you will have a framework against which to make more informed decisions and to ask the right questions.

Decision Making Basics Skills

01. Gathering Information

01. Gathering Information

01. Gathering Information

01. Gathering Information

6m 1s

Solid, accurate information is the hallmark of any good decision, whether your decision is simple or complex. In this course, you'll learn to make your choices based on the right evidence. We'll take a look at the difference between data and knowledge, and how they can aid in your process. We'll discuss the validity of the information that you're using, and how to determine credible sources. We'll also talk about "analysis paralysis," and when you should stop gathering information.

02. Understanding Motivation

02. Understanding Motivation

02. Understanding Motivation

02. Understanding Motivation

4m 58s

Motivation is defined as "the activation of goal-pursuing behavior." It's what drives people to get things done, and is essential to a productive workplace. It's important to understand your own motivation when making critical decisions. We'll discuss the two types of motivation, extrinsic and intrinsic, and how they impact our choices. We'll also talk about hidden motivators known as "cognitive biases." Understanding your personal cognitive biases is key to making objective and sound choices.

03. Making Quick Choices

03. Making Quick Choices

03. Making Quick Choices

03. Making Quick Choices

6m 34s

Sometimes we're forced to make quick decisions. That's no big deal when they're simple choices, like where to eat or what clothes to buy. For the quick decisions that are weightier and more consequential, it's good to have skills in place to help you choose. In this course, we'll discuss roadblocks that get in the way. We'll also give you some tips on how to overcome those hurdles, so that you can make important decisions quickly and comfortably.

04. Facts vs Opinions

04. Facts vs Opinions

04. Facts vs Opinions

04. Facts vs Opinions

6m 54s

Separating facts from opinions is a critical component of good decision making. Facts are defined as "statements supported by verifiable evidence." In this course, we'll discuss the different types of facts, and how careful observation of hard evidence is essential to making good choices. Opinions are beliefs or personal judgements that cannot be supported by verifiable evidence. We'll look at the various types of opinions, and the importance of knowing how to differentiate between what is factual and what is opinion-based.

05. Generating Options

05. Generating Options

05. Generating Options

05. Generating Options

3m 58s

The desire for MORE choices is a common one. "I had no choice." "I wish there was another way to go." "I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place." When you find yourself struggling to find viable options, or any options at all, two simple steps can help you move beyond the obvious and find creative solutions: naming your box and brainstorming. In this course, we'll go over these steps, and take a look at how to generate more options for a decision that you're confident in.

06. Decision-making Models

06. Decision-making Models

06. Decision-making Models

06. Decision-making Models

4m 8s

Over the last few decades, experts have studied and analyzed how decisions are successfully made. Through their research, two models have emerged that can help your organization standardize decision-making processes. The TDODAR Decision-Model is used for making quick decisions. The Kepner-Tregoe Matrix is used for decisions that require deep analysis. In this course, we'll provide an overview of both models: how they work, when to use them, and how they can move your decision-making process forward toward a resolution.

General Skills

Avoiding Mistakes

Avoiding Mistakes

Avoiding Mistakes

Avoiding Mistakes

6m 1s

Don't you hate making mistakes? Does it make you wish you could go back in time, wave a magic wand, and fix everything? Well, we've not quite perfected our ej4 time machine, but we do have the ABCs for avoiding mistakes. Just jump into this course, and say "ABC, 123, presto!" In learning the recipe for making more balanced decisions, you'll find yourself transformed into someone that rarely needs regret!

Making Group Decisions

Making Group Decisions

Making Group Decisions

Making Group Decisions

5m 37s

Making a decision as a group can be a very powerful tool - or a very painful process. In this course, you'll learn how to get a group involved and organized in decision making. We'll go through this process, step by step, helping you make it a positive, even painless, experience for all.

Empowering Employee Decisions

Empowering Employee Decisions

Empowering Employee Decisions

Empowering Employee Decisions

3m 32s

"I'll have to check with my manager." Have you heard this before? And did it annoy you? Well, we say, "Power to the people!" With this course, learn how to create the boundaries and environment that allow your people to thrive, knowing they're supported. Their strength then becomes the company's strength, and that's when everyone wins.

Going with Your Gut

Going with Your Gut

Going with Your Gut

Going with Your Gut

5m 0s

There are times when leaders can benefit from going with their instinct, particularly in decision making. In this course, we'll explore what intuition is, if and when it can be valuable, and how to develop it to your best advantage.

Identifying Unintended Consequences

Identifying Unintended Consequences

Identifying Unintended Consequences

Identifying Unintended Consequences

5m 6s

Every decision we make in business has consequences, both intended and unintended. This course explores the causes and types of unintended consequences, providing strategies for planning ahead. This allows you to gain confidence in knowing that you're better prepared, come what may.

Strategic Thinking

Strategic Thinking

Strategic Thinking

Strategic Thinking

5m 33s

"Big picture" thinking is a tool that provides greater opportunities for success. In this course, we'll delve into why it's so important, what it entails, and how managers can develop the skills for it. This knowledge will help you incorporate it throughout your company, leading to better decisions more often, and at every level.

Surviving Poor Decisions

Surviving Poor Decisions

Surviving Poor Decisions

Surviving Poor Decisions

4m 32s

What happens if you make the wrong choice? Do you end up, shipwrecked, and abandoned on The Island of Bad Decisions? How do you survive it? This course is your life raft of answers! It sails you through three steps of recovery, from acknowledgment to corrective action, then to the safe haven of "moving forward."

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    We offer over 90 professionally hand-crafted learning paths to get you started, but we realized that not everyone wants to learn the same things. That's why we give you the flexibility to create your own, custom learning paths just for you and your team.

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