Decision and Choice

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Feb 28

A reality on our current (working) life is the torrent of information coming at us. All of the information requires a new skill to manage it: brilliant information filtering.

Brilliant information filtering requires us to clearly understand the difference between a “choice” and a “decision.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve confused these terms for quite a while thinking that they were essentially the same. When I “choose” to do something, it was the equivalent of a “decision.” Not so, as I would come back to review my choice all over again. And again.

Liz Strauss at Successful Blog, in a brilliant post, notes that choice and decision are not the same. In fact, they are dramatically different. In “Decision or Choice: Is the Difference Stealing Your Focus and Your Time?,” Liz takes us through ice cream stores and meeting with your boss about a new position and shows us the difference.

Give it a good read — understanding the difference between a choice and a decision is critical to brilliant information filtering.

Photo by Dean Hochman

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.