In an effort to help make decisions based on fact rather than gut, I wanted to share a matrix with you.
Making the right decisions for the right reasons is what this is all about.
Here are just some of the decisions you might be faced with:
- You are new to the workforce and need to determine which job/occupation/industry to pursue
- You want to change jobs, so which jobs are best suited to you
- You have a couple (or more) offers on the table, which one will you chose
- What will you have for dinner…(OK, just testing to see if you are still reading this)
This is what the matrix looks like
Your options go along the top of the matrix. I have labeled them job 1, job 2, job 3, job 4.
Your criteria goes down the left column. So let’s talk about your criteria. What is important to you? It could be skills, values, lifestyle. If you haven’t yet determined what is most important to you, you’ll want to do that NOW.
Rank the importance of each of these as a 1, 2 or 3. Place the values you ranked as “1” in the decision making matrix.
- Advancing my career
- Being active in the community
- Being competitive
- Being content with my work
- Being creative
- Being independent
- Being loyal at work
- Being part of a team
- Being self motivated
- Being well known
- Being well liked
- Challenging myself athletically
- Challenging myself intellectually
- Choosing my work location
- Collaborating with others
- Feeling needed and appreciated
- Gaining new knowledge
- Have time freedom
- Having authority over others
- Having high income
- Having interests outside of work
- Having job security
- Having low work stress
- Having major accomplishments
- Having power
- Having status
- Influencing others
- Inventing something new
- Making my own decisions
- Pursuing excellence
- Serving others
- Spending time with family and friends
- Taking risks
- Working for the environment
The final step is to evaluate on a scale of 1 to 10 how each of your options accommodates your values/skills/needs. It might look like this:
Are they any other tips/tricks you’ve found helpful in evaluating decisions?