How to make your next decision

Our decision-making tool asks you a series of questions to help you clarify your decision, priorities, options and plans, and check you haven’t missed any important results of our research.

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Time needed: 30 minutes

Whether you already have offers on the table, or are still figuring out where to apply, our decision-making tool can help you figure out your next step.

It will ask you a series of questions we use in one-on-one coaching to clarify your situation, check you didn’t miss any important options or priorities, and make sure you’ve applied all the most important results of our research to your decision.

When making career decisions, most people don’t use a process at all. But this is a mistake because we’re not naturally good at making complex decisions. If you just “go with your gut,” you’re likely to miss something.

Other people use simple techniques like lists of pros and cons. But these don’t even address the most important bias – considering too few options and priorities – and can easily lead you to rationalise what you already believe.

We developed our process using the latest research in decision-making science,1 and then we refined it during one-on-one coaching with over 200 people. The process also checks that you’ve applied the key lessons of all our other research.

Though it won’t tell you what to do, it can make sure you’re in the best possible position to make your decision.

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Notes and references

  1. We surveyed the following sources:
    • Ariely, Dan. Predictably irrational. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.
    • Arkes, Hal R., and Catherine Blumer. "The psychology of sunk cost." Organizational behavior and human decision processes 35.1 (1985): 124-140.
    • Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath. Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work. Random House, 2013.
    • Hubbard, Douglas W. "How to measure anything." Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business (2007).
    • Keeney, Ralph L., and Ralph L. Keeney. Value-focused thinking: A path to creative decisionmaking. Harvard University Press, 2009.
    • Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking, fast and slow. Macmillan, 2011.
    • Larrick, Richard P. "Broaden the decision frame to make effective decisions." Handbook of principles of organizational behavior (2009): 461-480.
    • Tversky, Amos, and Daniel Kahneman. "Judgment under uncertainty: Heuristics and biases." Science 185.4157 (1974): 1124-1131.