1. What kind of decision maker are you?
Good: Bad: Average
Would you say you are decisive or indecisive?
Why? Give some examples to illustrate.
Is being decisive the same thing as being a good decision maker?
Can you be indecisive and a good decision maker?
2. Do you usually make decisions quickly, or deliberate for a long time?
Does it always depend on how important the decision is?
Can you think of a big decision you took very quickly or a small decision that you thought about for ages?
Describe your decision making process indifferent situations, e.g. buying a flat or house, buying a car, deciding which restaurant to eat at, deciding what to study, buying a new sofa, buying a new fridge, deciding where to go for a holiday.
Do you have a system or process for making decisions?
What steps do you go through to ensure that your decision is the right one?
Do you remember being in an emergency situation when you had to make a decision immediately?
3. Have you heard of the phenomenon of bad decision making (aka sunk cost fallacy)? Here are some examples:
You are half-way to a shop when you realize that at this time it is closed, but you keep going anyway
After 10 or 15 minutes of a film you realise that you don’t like it, but you keep watching to the end
Ditto a book
You keep paying to repair a very old car that is sure to cost more money than it’s worth
Continuing to watch videos on FB even though you know they are not worth it
Do you ever do any of the above, or something similar?
What other examples of this kind of reasoning can you think of?
4. Do you know anyone who is very indecisive, or slow to make decisions?
Do you use any methods to help them arrive at a decision?
Have you ever been in a position when you had to wait for someone else’s decision before you could move ahead with an action, e.g. at work or organizing an event or travel?
What was the outcome?
What can you do if you ask for a written decision from someone, e.g. by email, and you know from experience that they may not reply?