Originally introduced in combat and strategic warfare, the OODA loop’s original goal was to help make decisions quickly in order to interrupt the enemy’s decision cycle.
The OODA loop is a description of how decision-making within our minds in a recurring loop of observation, orientation, decision-making and action in response to a situation.
While we are not on the battlefield, the OODA loop is still a useful tool in decision making.
Tip: Don't do it alone - involve others
No one really likes being told what to do. If you involve your team8tes in the decision-making process, it leads to better outcomes in the long run. Sure, it may take longer to reach a consensus – but buy-in from your team will lead to better and longer lasting results.
Tip: Keep it simple
Decision-making becomes difficult the more choices we have. The solution is to keep it simple – narrow the choice to between 2-3 alternatives.