What type of decision maker are You ?

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One of the fun exercises I like to do at conferences is to put people into groups equal amount of females and males if possible within each group and pass around a bowl of fruit that has apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, and tangerines. I always make sure to do this exercise right before a break so they then get to eat their snack. I ask them to pass the bowl around and to pick ONE fruit as their snack for break time.

I have team members around watching each group as they pass the bowl around and observe what happens. So, the question is what is Your decision making process like ?
-Is it easy for You to pick just one fruit.
-Is it difficult to choose and You feel like You have a menu in front of You.
-Do You pick one and then put it back, another words question your Choice and then pick a different one.
-Do You pass in that moment because You are not hungry.
-Do You take a piece of fruit and save it for later.
-Do You take a piece of fruit even though You don’t like fruit and or are allergic to the fruit that is there, and give it to another person.

The saying of “how You do anything, is how You do everything” is very true. Even though this is a simple exercise, and Yes it is just a piece of fruit, it does show:
-How You handle being in a group, having eyes on You as You are going through the process of choosing – which for some then creates stress because they are feeling rushed to choose and pass the bowl.
-Shows if You are a fast or slow decision maker
-Shows Your sharing and manners in the way You Pass the bowl
-Shows if You are a more picky or easy going
Etc… The list is endless of traits one can see from this simple exercise.

Play with this, do this with a group of friends, Your family-kids and see what traits You see as the bowl gets passed around. It is also a great teaching tool for children and creating family time, learning sharing, choices etc.

I have also done this at meetings when I consult with companies as an exercise, that has been equally fascinating. It tells me a lot about what I am walking into in terms of how hard or easy my job is going to be working with the team.

So simple, yet tells You a lot.

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I wrote another blog post called “Life Can be Like a box of Crayons”, drawing on another analogy of watching children with crayons and coloring where You can learn a lot as well on how they choose colors, color etc…
http://carlyalyssathorne.com/?p=11

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18 Responses to What type of decision maker are You ?

  1. Miriam Slozberg (@msmir) July 11, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    Interesting post. I know I am the type to think about it for a bit, however once I have decided, I have decided. I need to be more spontaneous.

    • Carly Alyssa Thorne July 11, 2013 at 12:36 am #

      Glad You enjoyed the article, and Yes I can see that about You… And yes it is good to also be able to be spontaneous

  2. Barbara July 11, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Love your post, it is the small things that give us away or reveal how we function! When I am offered a fruit bowl I tend to a) pick locally grown fruit and b) choose the most nutritious (quite often banana which is really not locally grown!). I will always take a fruit when offered, maybe not eating it right away. And I will always show gratitude for the offered fruit.

    What does this say about my decision making? I am a fast and polite decision maker, my decisions are based on experience and knowledge. Hey, what if I wanted more than one fruit and made a fruit salad? What does this say?

    Lovely post, thanks Carly!

    • Carly Alyssa Thorne July 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      LOL Barbara, Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      It says… You know what You want, at the same time think of others.
      And… wanting more is a complete added section to the article LOL
      Will be addressing on today’s show.
      Have a great day and thanks for sharing

  3. Michelle Spear July 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I always seem to make decisions before I know I have to make a decision. I’ll look at a group of things and choose the one I would want for myself. It’s not a matter of greed…I just like to have decisions made. Type A personality anyone?

    • Carly Alyssa Thorne July 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      I am sure there are many Type “A” personalities LOL… The post is just to help people be aware of what type of decision maker they are… thanks for sharing and have a great day

  4. Heather Jabusch July 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    I would choose my fruit off of which ones I like more and then by which ones are easier to eat in this setting. So although I like oranges, would probably pick the apple or banana because they are easier to eat in public. Great post to get you thinking =)

    • Carly Alyssa Thorne July 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      It is always good to know how we make decisions, helps for future settings, Thanks for sharing, have a great day

  5. Barbara Fariña July 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    I have to say it’s difficult to answer this. I think it all depends on the circumstances. Normally I have to say I going to pick this answer Is “it easy for You to pick just one fruit” but I also go for this one “Do You take a piece of fruit even though You don’t like fruit and or are allergic to the fruit that is there, and give it to another person”

    • Carly Alyssa Thorne July 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

      Yes it is going to depend on the situation, and Knowing how You think helps. Thanks for sharing, have a great day

  6. Elizabeth Maness July 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    I bet I would hold the whole thing up! I can’t decide and then I want to change my mind once I do! Thanks for sharing this! I think it would be fun to try it..;)

    • Carly Alyssa Thorne July 11, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      LOL Elizabeth… I can see that… Play with it at home, do it as a fun activity one day with the family and see what You observe.

  7. Malcolm Charlaw July 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    As it was being passed around, I would have a quick glance to see what was in the bowl, or, if on a table or bench, would make a mental note of what was in. Then when offered to pick a fruit, I would go straight for my choice. If it was simply put in front of me, I, again, would take a quick moment, and then pick one.

    • Carly Alyssa Thorne July 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

      I can so see that in You Malcolm, You know what You want in life… good for You.. Thanks for sharing

  8. knikkolette July 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    In the bowl of fruit shown above, I choose the orange and pray it’s juicy and tart. Nothing worse than expecting a good juicy orange and getting a bad one. Same thing with business – expecting one thing and getting something else – but then again – you get out of life what you put into it. Great post Carly! 🙂

    • Carly Alyssa Thorne July 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

      Indeed Knikkolette we do get out of life what we put in. Have fun playing with this with family and friends.

  9. Brian Hawkins July 12, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    What about the guy that says, “What, no pears?” lol It’s an interesting exercise, I’ve heard of similar ones. I just might give it a try with friends and family at our next party. It would be fun to guess how they would choose. I bet that’s possible to guess with those we know well.

    • Carly Alyssa Thorne July 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      Brian it is a very fun exercise, Just tell them Pick one fruit, and what their body language, how long they take etc… I just did a video show where we talked about it. Have fun with You, You can learn Lots about somebody and yourself.

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