Last Monday I happened to drive by the local Best Buy and saw tents set up outside, the beginning of the line for Black Friday. I’m sorry I didn’t stop to talk to the people. I’m interested in how people make decisions, of course, and I wondered how they had decided to spend four days … Continue reading Black Friday
When I was young, I thought that when I finally got a job and made some money I could get what I wanted. Now I have a job and some money—not a lot of money, but enough to buy things I never expected to have, like a house and a new car. I should be … Continue reading Why can’t I have it all?
My daughter just commandeered my house and yard for a bridal shower for a good friend. I can remember a time (Now, doesn’t that make me sound old!) when a bridal shower was simply held in somebody’s apartment. Everybody sat around on mismatched folding chairs with plates balanced on their laps and had cake and … Continue reading The runaway bridal shower
When I was working as a mission analyst on major aerospace systems, there was a sign that someone had posted on the wall that read, “There comes a time in every project when you must shoot the engineers and begin production.” This was a warning to the engineers, who always wanted to build the perfect … Continue reading Time to shoot the engineers
Have you ever had a crazy dream, an impossible goal for yourself? I did. When I started my consulting services, I realized that for the first time in my life I could work on whatever I chose. But what did I want to do? Decision analysis, certainly. But what else? I thought about my long-term … Continue reading Saying nay to the naysayers
My husband Jerry and I decided after a few years of marriage that we would have a baby. We thought this was our decision to make. We figured it would be easy. People do it all the time. In fact, a lot of people do it by accident. But nothing happened, and there were no … Continue reading Opportunity knocks. Are you just going to sit there?
Step one in effective decision-making is in discovering the important decisions to be made. Dissatisfaction can lead you to latch onto some important decisions. It did for me. I finished college with a head full of wonderful science and educational theories and an almost religious fervor to bring the beauty of all that I learned … Continue reading Dissatisfied? You Have a Decision to Make!
Don’t you just hate making decisions? Here’s what it often feels like. You’re going along living your life. Then, all of a sudden, bam, somebody plants a signpost right in your way and you can’t go on until you choose one direction or the other. Here’s the secret. Plant your own signpost. Dissatisfaction, opportunity, goals. … Continue reading Your mission, should you choose to accept it
You mean there’s a difference between making a decision and making a choice? Absolutely! First of all, a decision-maker is a decision-seeker, always searching for the questions that need to be asked. I had a colleague who thought she was a great decision-maker since people were always coming into her office with choices to be … Continue reading Are you a decision-maker or just a choice-maker?
Living intentionally has been a theme of this blog lately. Take charge of your decisions and your life. I recently ran across a blog from a husband and wife who are really walking the talk, literally. The last I checked, they counted more than 62 million footsteps on their continuing worldwide trek. Daniel Noll and … Continue reading Live intentionally. They do.