Poll: What Is Your Primary Decision-Making Style?
Most Prefer to Maximize and Strategize
Last month we discussed tips for improving your decision-making styles, so we were curious to hear about how you make decisions. We had a solid turnout of 6,220 votes this month!
Most of you prefer to use the maximizing style (47%), which can be great for finding the very best option when you have to the time to do the research. Others chose the prioritizing style (32%), which means they will be less picky about smaller decisions and save their time and energy for the tough, important choices. A few of you prefer to follow your intuition (15%) when faced with a tough call, which allows you to decide quickly but may take you down some unintended paths. Only 5% of you chose the satisficing style, which is a style that avoids the diminishing returns of exhaustive research by simply choosing the first option that meets your requirements. And the remaining 1% either took our joke option or truly does struggle with decision-making!
Here are the full results:
- Maximizing: I do the research to find the optimal choice (47%, 2,915 Votes)
- Prioritizing: I save my energy for the decisions that really matter (32%, 1,982 Votes)
- Intuiting: I follow my instincts (15%, 938 Votes)
- Satisficing: I choose the first option that meets my requirements (5%, 295 Votes)
- Gosh, I don’t know – stop pressuring me! (1%, 90 Votes)
Total Voters: 6,220 (March 1, 2019 @ 5:40 am - April 2, 2019 @ 11:59 am)
Some comments from y’all:
- “I prioritize the most urgent 2 or 3 things and shoot for that every day. If I don’t get to my 4th, 5th, or 6th priority put on the top 3 the next day. So by the end of the week I have accomplished top 15 or so! Which is usually enough or more to keep my customers and my boss happy.”
- “At times it seems like crisis management, which is not fun, nor is it a good thing!”
- “Problem solving by finding solutions that are good for the customer, good for the company, and good for the employees all at the same time will always result in a balanced approach for all. The challenge is to get American capitalistic leadership to see the benefits and buy in. Unfortunately, the entrepreneurs and CEOs of the past 20 years tend to focus on only one or two of those three crucial stakeholders.”
- “Being cut to the bone in staffing, I’m lucky to get to my priority accounts each day.”