25 episodes

Even the smartest people can get tied into knots when deciding what to do next in life. Get the tools to move through decisions with less stress and more clarity. Join Stanford Decision Engineer and Coach Michelle Florendo for a comprehensive and systematic way of untangling every decision - no matter how big or small.
New to the podcast?
- Dip into Season 1 for why this podcast exists and the first few pilot season episodes
- Binge Season 2 for tips on how to untangle an upcoming big decision
- Check out Season 3 for how to navigate emotions in the decision process
- Stay tuned for Season 4 launching in summer 2022

For more about Michelle's work, visit http://michelleflorendo.com

Ask a Decision Engineer Michelle Florendo

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Even the smartest people can get tied into knots when deciding what to do next in life. Get the tools to move through decisions with less stress and more clarity. Join Stanford Decision Engineer and Coach Michelle Florendo for a comprehensive and systematic way of untangling every decision - no matter how big or small.
New to the podcast?
- Dip into Season 1 for why this podcast exists and the first few pilot season episodes
- Binge Season 2 for tips on how to untangle an upcoming big decision
- Check out Season 3 for how to navigate emotions in the decision process
- Stay tuned for Season 4 launching in summer 2022

For more about Michelle's work, visit http://michelleflorendo.com

    S3E01: Feelings in Decision Making - Friend or Foe

    S3E01: Feelings in Decision Making - Friend or Foe

    In today's episode, I'll be talking about why it's important not to ignore feelings in decision-making, but instead to acknowledge and examine them.

    I'll touch on how naming your feelings can help you get unstuck, how tuning into feelings can help you make better decisions, aligned with what you actually want and how it becoming adept at assessing what your feelings are telling you can help you make decisions more quickly. By the end of the episode, I hope you'll see why feelings can be a friend instead of a foe in decision-making.

    • 15 min
    S3E02 - Stuck, unable to take the plunge

    S3E02 - Stuck, unable to take the plunge

    Have you ever encountered a decision where you knew the path you wanted to take, but for some reason you couldn't take action? If your logical brain has already decided, but you're still stuck, it may be because something is happening in your emotional realm. Today, you'll hear from a business owner who has already thought through a decision to switch vendors, but can't pinpoint why he hasn't yet pulled the trigger.

    • 21 min
    S3E03 - Should I start my own thing or look for a job?

    S3E03 - Should I start my own thing or look for a job?

    In today's episode, you'll hear from someone who is contemplating, whether he should start his own thing or seek out a job, he's trying to discern whether entrepreneurship is something he will actually enjoy, or if it's just something he thinks he should do, given the culture he's surrounded by. And then there are also all those uncertainties that each path holds.

    • 33 min
    S3E04 - What to do when torn between intellect and intuition

    S3E04 - What to do when torn between intellect and intuition

    Sometimes it isn't the big decisions that get us stuck, but rather the seemingly small ones. Has that ever happened to you? In today's episode, you'll hear a small business owner unpack a smaller decision that has been taking up a lot of brain space in part, because her head says one thing, but her intuition says another. For full episode notes, check out the website AskADecisionEngineer.com

    • 38 min
    S3E05 - What should I do after I graduate?

    S3E05 - What should I do after I graduate?

    Figuring out what to do after graduating from college can be a daunting task. In this episode, I show a college student how to clarify what she wants, reduce the stress of finding the perfect job, and avoid getting overwhelmed by uncertainties.

    • 39 min
    S3E06 - How do I deal with elder care decisions after a parents health crisis

    S3E06 - How do I deal with elder care decisions after a parents health crisis

    Sometimes there are decisions that are so overwhelming and emotionally draining that what we decide to do to stay mentally and emotionally fit enough to make the decision is as important as the decision process itself. In today's episode, you'll hear from a guest client facing a difficult decision regarding care for her aging mother with a mental health condition. Listen in, and learn strategies for working through tough decisions involving others.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

LBD1726 ,

Michelle’s insights are eyeopening, thoughtful and completely relatable!

Thank you Michelle for sharing your insights and methodologies through your podcast! Your podcast is absolutely at the top of my listening list. Providing real examples that you’ve worked on with clients is relatable and approachable. You also provide a new window into thinking that is valuable in countless professional and person situations. I’ve gained some great takeaways about decision engineering- specifically in thinking about the relationship between decisions and outcomes. I can’t wait for the new season to come out!

g57252929263 ,

Season 3 changed my life

This podcast was amazing. As a very logical person who loves pros & cons lists, I was doubtful that I’d learn new tactics for making decisions but seasons 1 and 2 gave me such great frameworks for new ways of thinking about decisions. And season 3!!! Whew!! I’m always ignoring my feelings and trying to just look at the facts but really took Michelle’s advice to use my intuition as an important “data point” in my career change decision. I highly highly recommend!

Seun_O ,

Insightful

I really really enjoy listening to Ask a Decision Engineer! The topic of decision science is extremely compelling. In addition, there is no one better suited to easily explain the complexity of these topics like someone with as much experience in the field as Michelle.

The podcast is exceptionally produced. It is evident that considerable and thoughtful time has been spent by Michelle to ensure not only the quality of the information, but how it delivered is consistently remarkable.

I would recommend it to anyone that is actively looking to improve how they make decisions. As well, anyone who just enjoys listening and learning will be intellectually captivated through each episode.

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