Making Effective Decisions.

As we evolve we have progressed from making instinctive decisions to those based on subconsciously held beliefs, and then to consciously held beliefs. The complex context of today's society requires a further shift toward values-based  decision making.

Values-Based Decision Making

MindTools suggests that values are principles or concepts that you believe are important in the way you live and work. They support prioritization and the measurement of life satisfaction. Ultimately, awareness of your core values creates the space for making decisions that lead to self-actualisation. Assisting a client with understanding his/her personal value system creates the opportunity to broaden the evaluation of occupational interests and job placement. As an example, it can provide a basis for assessing prospective employers through the lens of organisational culture and alignment with personal values to predict potential placement satisfaction.


  • Make a list to clearly identify your top five to ten values.
  • Continue working with this list to discover your primary operating principle
  • This is the one core value that you refuse to compromise regardless of the context or situation
This becomes the foundation of your decision-making framework.

Understand the Origins

  • We are exposed to a variety of value systems as a member of a family, a religion, a cultural group, a community, an organisation, a society, a country, etc.
  • Life experience begins to equip you to develop and embrace your own personal value system as a result of these influencing structures

Own Your Own Authority

Can you stand strong when you've arrived at an unpopular decision?
  • Discomfort with a decision should trigger reflection on whether one or more of your core values is in conflict
  • Is there room to compromise? If the answer is no (based on your values) you've empowered yourself to stand strong despite opposition