How To Import Templates Into Great Decisions

Great Decisions Training - importing Templates

Great Decisions Training: To use Great Decisions Software to it's full extent, you will want to come up with all the variables of each decision you will make. This may require some research unless you are clear what variables are already most important to you.

For example, let's say you are interested in purchasing an adjustable desk. You will want to list all the variables or attributes that are most important to you.

Great Decisions Templates Examples:

  • Edge type (for clamping microphones or whatever...)
  • Dimensions
  • Motor type
  • What reviews say
  • Color options
  • and so on...

What could be better than someone giving you already-researched templates for your Great Decisions Software? To save you time, we built a library of templates that you can easily and quickly import into your Great Decisions Software.

Your startup time should be minimal! Importing your ideal template saves you typing time, but also the time required to research any topic of interest.

In this training video, I will demonstrate how to import a template from the decision making template library into Great Decisions Software. The video is short so play it a couple of times to the directions are second nature to you. You will get the most out of your software this way. Any save yourself a lot of time.

By using the templates you will save time and assist you to make sure you have the right attributes you are measuring for certain related decisions.

Please respond in the comments if you have any more questions. If for any reason you are not seeing the templates be sure to check your internet connections first.

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Great Decisions Software Force Field Analysis Training

Force Field Analysis Tool

Great Decisions Software Training: In this video I will show you how to use the Force Field Analysis or Pro's and Con's Tool. You will find this tool is excellent when you are thinking through decisions that have a lot of variables.

This is a decision making technique w. Fortunately, you can now have it at your fingertips using your as made popular by the famous social psychologist Kurt Lewin back in the 1930's it works on the iPhone, or iPad.

The beauty of this kind of decision-making is it allows you to measure your emotional attachment to each variable of a decision.

Why does this matter so much? Some decisions have many variables. Each one of those variables has an emotional component to it. When you taking into consideration the emotional weight you begin to see a clearer picture of what is influencing you unconsciously. You will gain an advantage to making better decisions because over time you will start to see how emotions are influencing you. Then you can more easily challenge them for accuracy.

In using this technique you garner the ability to reflect how "emotionally tied" you are to something and how it's influencing your decison. Imagine a decison that has many variables how complicated it can quickly become.

Using this technique in the future will allow you to take a complicated decision, break it down more clearly, and be more reflective. You will make better decisons.

Comparison Tool

In this training we will look at the - Decision Comparison tool.

This tool is great to use when you are deciding between two items and the stakes are high. For example, hiring someone, buying a car, home, stero, boat or anyhting expensive.

Fortunately, you now have an electronic way of making this type of decision so you'll never again have to worry about getting confused about all the variables you are juggling in your head.  This tool can be with you where ever you are – to make optimal decisions.

Imagine a piece of paper with a list of ideal features of some item you desire written down the middle. Now imagine for a minute on the left column is product A and on the right is product B.

Now imagine having an arrow that allows you to assign an "emotional weight" to the attributes down the middle of the page for each item you are comparing.

That is the beauty of the software. You now have an easy comparison, attribute by attribute, for the item you are making a decision around.

Here are just a few things you could do this with:

  1. Deciding between two homes
  2. Deciding between 2 cars
  3. Deciding between two colleges
  4. Deciding between two job offers
  5. Deciding between which property or stock to invest in

You get the idea! Great Decisions Software - using this decision comparison tool - gives you the ability to store an unlimited number of comparisons.

This will save you a ton of time later for repeat purchases (i.e. home or car).

I know many times over the past couple years I pulled out Great Decisions and referred back to a decision and added another attribute I wished I would have compared.

Next time I'll be ready!

Decision Making Case Study #1 – Complex Decisions

Complex decisions - Great Decisions Helps Promote You

Sorting out complex decisions can be very rewarding and educational. Recently I was working with a client in my executive coaching practice. He was struggling between two job possibilities: the current temporary position that could possibly turn into a full time position or a longer term position with another company. On the surface this may seem very basic but it is actually a very complex decision. First off, he originally got hired in the position as a contractor for a period of time. Through some personal work we discovered the unconscious strategy was to only stay in jobs a short while, work extra hard to be “liked” then move on because of the belief that it is too dangerous to get too close to people and then be rejected. This is a common strategy for people who have had early life unresolved neglect or rejection experiences. And his strategy was working, for the past year he has succeeded in getting people’s attention to “like” him. During our coaching sessions he has come to realize that maybe it is possible to stay in one place, learn to take in people’s gratitude, and learn to see life through another lens rather than the pain of rejection lens. In other words, it’s an opportunity to renegotiate the belief that got formed in his early life relational experiences.

To complicate matters, another job opportunity emerges and offers the possibility to develop leading edge skills that creates more long-term job security and probably more income in the future. Through a series of events a close colleague got wind that there was a chance this person may take another job if the current organization couldn’t make a permanent offer in the next 60 days. This person rallied the forces in the organization to make this a reality. They are about to make him an offer for a full time position.

Using the decision making tools in Great Decisions software assisted us to create a list of attributes to sort this dilemma out. Lets look at the sorting process. Using the Forcefield analysis first we can sort what is motivating him or what is stopping him from either job.

Job 1 (Stay where I am)

Motivating me to stay (Green or left column) (27 total score)

  • Familiar with people (7)
  • Established presence (8)
  • Part of me wants to be on a team (6)
  • I’m the subject matter expert (6)

Stopping me (Red or right column) (15 total score)

  • Ties me down, less freedom being an employee (9)
  • Skills are not as transferable to other positions I excel at (6)
  • Over time this list will evolve with the complexity that reveals itself when he sits with the information for a while. For example, I know that living in a certain location is another important attribute to this person and long term financial success is another value. At some point they will be on the list.

Job 2 (Accept the new position)

Motivating me (Green or left column) (23 total score)

  • More money (4)
  • Have a friend who loves it there (5)
  • Subject matter expert (6)
  • Skills are more transferable – job security (8)

Stopping Me (Red or right column) (32 total score)

  • Ties me down, less freedom being an employee (9)
  • Would work virtual rather than being around people all day (6)
  • No history of “proving self”….will they “like” me? (10)
  • Less likely to work through personal validation issues working long distance (7)
  • At the present time it is looking like Job #1 is the better choice but it may take several days of contemplation and re-weighing the importance before final conclusions can be drawn. The beauty of this tool allows anyone using it to contemplate the variables and to give them an emotional weight.

It is also useful to score each job opportunity by using the comparison tool within Great Decisions. Here is an example of what attributes could be used based on previous information:

  • Long term impact
  • Company culture
  • Pay
  • Tolerate closeness of others
  • Seen and validated (culture who emphasizes employees importance)
  • Location
  • Benefits
  • Freedom
  • Personal growth opportunities
  • Intellectual growth opportunities
  • Job security

In conclusion, some decisions can be very complex and having a way to sort the complexity is the cash value of using Great Decisions. These tools are nothing new and have been around for eons but visually seeing them conveniently on your phone or iPad makes it a gem of a tool when you need it. Great Decisions and Great To Do List can be found at the Apple Computer iTunes App Store. Feel free to email any questions to