Do you have a hard time making decisions?

On a scale from 1-10, how hard is it for you to make a decision?

  • Do you find that you can be too careful or vigilant?
  • Do you believe there’s always more to the story?
  • Does that belief send you down the rabbit hole for more information?
  • Do you have a habit of identifying, assessing, and managing risk?
  • Do you think it’s more important to make the right choice – even if it takes a long time?

Well, you might be strong in the Deliberative theme, like me!

People who are strong in this theme are somewhere on the spectrum between thorough analysis and full-blown skepticism. Gallup places this theme in a positive light, but I think it’s important to identify when it can get out of hand. Generally, deliberation is a good thing. You don’t make impulsive decisions, and you like to set off on a path only after you’ve weighed the pros and cons.

Building on yesterday’s post:

“And if I pair this with my strongest theme – Restorative – it would seem that problem-solving would be significantly influenced by my vision of the future. That is to say that the way I can solve problems is by looking ahead to where I want to go and then deciding how to get there. Then, I break the path down into smaller steps and whittle away at the list. It’s also important to reflect on how my vision for the future changes. Then, I can refine it over time.”

Suppose I add “Deliberative” into the mix with my “Restorative” and “Futuristic” themes. I think it suggests that I construct a vision of the future with painstaking effort, all to solve some complicated, complex problem.

This actually sounds like me. As I unpack the final two strongest themes, I hope to develop a personal philosophy or mission statement that aptly describes who I am. I’ve had some resume writers get close, but I think I can bring it home.

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