After a frustrating (and less-than-productive) issue resolution conversation, one of Sally’s team members said, “I’d rather my husband tell me to turn right four times than to take time discussing which is the best direction to turn. Can we please make a decision on this issue?”
Is there any one of us who hasn’t been in that situation? When it comes to making decisions, a possible consequence of making those decisions is that you’ll end up driving in a circle. But what are the consequences for not deciding at all?
If we agree that action is good for business, why is it we delay, or worse yet, stand still, on decisions? Consider that leaders struggle with two issues when making decisions:
- the fear of making a bad decision, and
- taking too long to make decisions
Making good decisions in a timely fashion isn’t difficult if you’re willing to invest time and effort into four, important decision making elements:
- have a clear vision
- be clear and confident
- avoid the top 10 bad decision-making habits
- understand not all good decisions are made at the same speed
Clear vision means first, understanding who you are as an organization, where you’re going, and how you’ll get there. Second, it means getting your entire leadership team aligned on that vision.
Clear and confident means each of you on your leadership team rigorously honor Clarity Breaks on a weekly and monthly basis. A Clarity Break is an appointment with yourself in which you divorce yourself from technology, your office, your staff, your business and all else to focus ON your business. This is where the future and high levels of confidence are created.
Avoiding the top 10 bad decision-making habits is critical in training you and your leadership team to make decisions in a timely and qualified manner. Gino Wickman’s book, Decide, outlines them in detail. Click here and I’ll email you a free copy.
Lastly, we need to understand that not all of us process at the same speed. However, that’s no excuse for deciding in an inefficient manner. For more passive decision makers, requesting 24 hours with a promise for a decision the next day can be very effective.
Making good decisions is really quite simple when you boil it down to those four steps, but isn’t always easy. Good decisions rarely are, but you must make them.
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