"Help Me Think" Episode 5
July 18, 2023

Cracking the Code: The Five Characteristics of Exceptional Decision Makers

Episode Description
What are the five characteristics of exceptional decision-makers?

This thought-provoking episode delves into the five crucial traits that pave the way for effective decision-making. In my years of coaching high-achieving executives, I have found that they all employ five key characteristics that make decision-making and leadership easier: humility, empathy, risk tolerance, patience, and self-assurance. How can you develop these traits? Tune in to discover how to train your brain to develop these essential skills.

Key Takeaways
  • Join me as I explore the power of humility, where having a modest view of one's importance opens doors to insightful choices. Keeping our ego in check allows for creative and innovative thinking and fosters collaboration.
  • Discover how empathy plays a transformative role in decision-making, enabling us to uncover diverse perspectives, gain a more comprehensive understanding of the situation, and make informed judgments.
  • We also examine the significance of being risk tolerant, equipped with the right resources to navigate uncertain outcomes. Embracing ambiguity and accepting that not everything can be known or controlled allows for growth, innovation, and the ability to adapt to unexpected outcomes.
  • Uncover the virtue of patience and how it strengthens our ability to overcome setbacks and adversity. Having the capacity to tolerate delays, problems, and uncertainty without becoming annoyed or anxious is vital. Patience allows for thoughtful and thorough decision-making, recognizing that not everything will happen according to a rigid timeline.
  • Lastly, explore the importance of self-assurance, as confidence in our abilities becomes the cornerstone for making bold yet calculated decisions. Self-assurance minimizes insecurities, enables resilience, and encourages perseverance in facing challenges or setbacks.

These five traits, when combined, contribute to becoming an exceptional decision-maker by promoting open-mindedness, minimizing blind spots, managing perfectionism, embracing risk, and maintaining confidence in the decision-making process.

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The free worksheet for this episode provides insight and reflection into what you should and should not be doing to exude these traits.

Bonus Item: Decision-Making Affirmations

You attract into your life the very essence of whatever you focus on the most, which is why you want these Decision-Making Affirmations at the forefront of your thoughts. When they are, you'll be more thoughtful about approaching decision-making in ways that matter each day. Place these Decision-Making Affirmations where you will see them often so they remain top-of-mind and positively influence your daily decision-making.

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Episode Links

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari: https://www.holidayworld.com/

Three Types of Empathy You Should Know About: https://starlawest.com/2020/01/three-types-of-empathy-you-should-know-about/

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