Why did I find it so compelling? Primarily because I am a longtime listen-to-your-gut decision maker and so, am always looking for strategies that will allow me to apply at least a veneer of logic to my choices.
My favorite strategy outlined by Johnson in his interview is one called “Scenario Planning.” The idea? Tell three stories about the possible result of a decision: one where things turn out well, one where they turn out poorly, and one where they turn out weird.
Why did I like this one so much?
I think it’s the fact that framing outcomes as a story (I love storytelling) short-circuited my strong dislike of ‘make believe’. (Dressing up for Halloween is my idea of h*ll)
I also discovered that contemplating the way a decision might get weird, not only jump starts my creative thinking, it also gives me insight into how strongly I cared about the decision at all.
It seems when I want things to work no amount of weird is off-putting to me.
Should you be interested in adding a few decision-making strategies to your repertoire, I highly recommend a listen.