We recently asked Kim Loader to share her thoughts on better decision making.

Specialist Insurance Recruiter. I can genuinely say “I love my job!” I get to meet new people every day and help them with finding a new job or with hiring new staff. My long-term approach means I encourage clients and candidates to make decisions they are happy and comfortable with. Whether you’re looking for insurance staff or for your next insurance role, I’d love to help.

What is your favourite, or most used, inspirational quote?

“Whatever works”!  I don’t know who said it, or if I made this up.  In essence, forget tradition or expectation, if it works and you’re happy with it (and not illegal or unethical), do it.

What does great decision making look and feel like for you?

Comfort that the main factors have been weighed and the decision is in line with my values.

When was a time you were at your decision making best?

Whenever I’m listening to my gut instinct.  That sometimes means creating space to allow that to happen.

Who inspires you? Why?

So many to choose from.  Simon Sinek immediately comes to mind.  Because he promotes a values based approach to business and is prepared to go against mainstream thought to support this.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to be a better decision maker?

I’d likely recommend they ask someone who’s better at it than me!  If I must answer, I’d say ‘Try to take the emotion out, start with your values and weigh your options against those values, not against each option’.

What are you reading/watching at the moment?

Just finished an audio book, The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton.  It’s pretty heavy on the science upfront, but then he gets to the really interesting part about how much influence and power we actually have access to from within.

What is the most effective strategy you use for keeping your Ape (your emotional reactive state) in check?

Making sure I ground myself every morning.  That means meditation and setting up for the day pretty early.  Making sure I go for a good walk 45 mins to an hour, at least 5 or 6 days each week, combined with sunshine and fresh air.  If I’m right in the middle of something crazy, belly breathing without being too conspicuous is good.  Also focusing on the other person, rather than my own mental chatter, if it’s an interpersonal thing.

What type of decision maker are you?

Strategist-Groupie.  Intriguing!


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