Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Winter 2014, Volume 20, Issue 4

Coach’s Corner: How We Make Decisions, Some of Which Change Our Lives

By Eleanor Southers

Ms. Southers is a Professional Legal Coach who helps attorneys at all stages of their careers to become more successful and contented. Working one on one, Ms. Southers guides attorneys to uncover and fulfill their goals. She can be reached at or her website:

One of the most important things that lay people and attorneys alike do is make decisions. We make decisions every day. Some are really important and some are not. A good part of each attorney’s job is to make decisions. How we make those decisions is a fascinating study and contains many interesting facts we should all know so that we can make the best decision possible for that particular situation.

Toby Macdonald in his BBC News report of February 23, 2014, says, "With every decision you make, every judgment you make, there is a battle in your mind—a battle between intuition and logic". He goes on to point out that, while most of us think we are making rational decisions based on solid reasoning, we are not.

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