What are the prefab tendencies that you use to make decisions?  In
other words, what are the built-in tactics that pre-determine what you
decide to do?  Not sure?  Here are a few that you may want to sort
through:

  1. Idealistic vs. Pragmatic: This is a huge filter that all of us
    use when we’re making decisions or formulating strategy.  We all have
    traces of both.  Neither is bad.  Neither is better than the other.
    When you’re operating at the extreme ends you will often overstate
    things.  Idealists end up dreaming of what could be.  Pragmatists often settle for an extrapolation of the past.
  2. Pursuing Problem-Free: The pursuit of a problem-free solution has
    the effect of delaying ministry.  Better to recognize that every
    solution comes with a set of problems.  Choosing the set you’d rather
    have is the best you can do.
  3. Mistaking "good" for "best": This is a tough one.  Often rooted
    in an idealistic culture, accepting "good" leads to complexity.
    Holding out for "best" leads to simple.
  4. Snap vs. Delay: There is such a thing as a decision that is made
    too quick and then there are decisions that should have been made.
    Impulsive decisions sometimes miss the chance to weigh options.
    Over-thinking and delay often lead to missed opportunity.
  5. Second Guessing vs. Willingness to Rethink: This is the classic
    wishy-washy vs. flexibility issue.  It’s one thing to change your mind
    based on who’s standing in your office.  It’s another thing to be
    willing to be proven wrong or out-of-step with the times.

Am I missing something?  What do you think?

Do You Know Your Decision Making Tendencies?