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Create a Decision Matrix

Updated: Dec 19, 2018

I can be incredibly impulsive. Great for a fun Saturday adventure, potentially detrimental at work.

Last week, my leadership coach and I created a decision matrix—a checklist to make sure I'm pausing and using specific criteria before leaping. Everyone's will be different, but here is what's on mine:

  • Ratings (from 1 to 5) of the opportunity across different vectors (Networking, sales, investment, learning, etc.)

  • Alignment with priorities, mission, and values of both my company and me

  • How I feel about it in my gut, my head and my heart

  • Costs, such as the time required, risk and business or personal trade-offs

  • A few thought starters to help me think about what other inputs I need to make the decision

I can run through this in 5-minutes, and it helps to make sure I'm being consistent across choices and am not forgetting key points. Try drafting one for yourself.  I mean, who doesn't like a checklist? 


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