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Critical Thinking: Step 6: Decision Making

Decision Making Process

Step 6: Decision-Making as a Process

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7-Step Decision Making Process Infographic

The rational decision making process consists of a sequence of steps designed to rationally develop a desired solution. Typically these steps involve: 

  1. Identify a problem or opportunity
  2. Gather information
  3. Analyze the situation
  4. Develop options
  5. Evaluate alternatives
  6. Select a preferred alternative
  7. Act on the decision

The infographic below walks through this decision-making process, click on the image to view it full screen.

Decision-Making Toolkit

Mehentee, J. (2014, January 4). Decision making toolkit: PrOACT - introduction [Video file]. Retrieved from

When making an important decision, one that will impact some part of your life, such as your work, your family or your health, you need a decision-making process that will increase the likelihood of realizing a successful outcome. Watch the video above for some helpful advice.

Cuzzle #3 of 5 (Critical Thinking Puzzle)

Novel in a Haystack

A friend tells you someone stashed a $50 bill in a novel in the neighborhood library. The friend doesn't know the title of the novel, but goes on to say that the money is between pages 201 and 202 of the unnamed novel.

With this information, do you ransack the library looking for the right novel and the money? Why?

After you spend some time deciding on your answer, click on the image to see if you made the right choice.