The OODA Loop

Humans are emotional creatures. In stressful situations our emotions can distract us from being able to focus and make effective decisions. Thankfully smart people who have lived in stressful environments have figured out ways to overcome the stress by simplifying the process of dealing with that stress. One way to do that is the OODA loop.

Not only does this sound cool when you say it, but it’s highly practical as well.

As you can guess, it’s a acronymn and each letter stands for a different step of the process.

  • O-Observe
  • O-Orient
  • D-Decide
  • A-Act

As it turns out following these steps turns out to be a natural process–if we don’t let our emotions distract us.

OODA isn’t just something for Vietnam era fighter pilots. It’s something that we naturally do.

When starting a new phase of work/job/relationship or just taking the time to appreciate the reality of your current work/job/relationship the OODA loop can be a great way to help bring insights from your experiences.