Decision-Making Model Analysis

Essay by mezziahUniversity, Bachelor'sB+, July 2005

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The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn't matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.

-Barbara Hall, Northern Exposure, Rosebud, 1993

As the Quote by Hall implies, we as individuals, sometimes embark uncertain paths to get to our destination. However, what we as individuals can make certain, are the decision-making processes that can steer us straight. Making a decision is a part of everyday life, whether it is flipping a coin, taking a logical guess, or using a gut instinct. Some decisions have little or no impact on the way we conduct our life. Nevertheless, there are those that yield greater consequences and therefore we tend to be more hesitant to decide, feeling tentative that if deciding inappropriately we will end up living with the consequences of that decision.

If we can become more conscious of an orderly procedure for decision-making and be alert of some of the downfalls we might encounter, we can learn to avoid making these poor decisions, whether minor or major, and thus routing us away from life long regrets.

While researching this topic, I came across quite a few decision-making models. After some extensive browsing on the Internet and an extra week to redo this paper, I came to a model that was going to help me complete this assignment. This model was modified from Rick Robert's 7-step decision-making model for Career Decision-Making. I will dissect it down and apply it with a recent job-related decision I have made at work to illustrate its effectiveness.

Step one of the model is to identify the decision that is going to be made. Do you know exactly what you are trying to decide?...