If you commit to just one thing in 2017: make better decisions!
Making decisions, any decisions, is a habit.
Like all habits, the more we do it, the ‘better’ (theoretically, at least) we get at it.
Equally, when we get out of the habit, the quality of our decisions goes down.
But the worst thing we can do, especially in a leadership or management scenario, is not to make any decision at all. Indecision represents one of the greatest risks to any organisation.
But, what if it’s a bad decision? Surely, that’s worse than making no decision at all?
Nope! Definitely not!
A bad decision can be corrected. No decision results in emptiness, vagueness, and a complete lack of direction.
Because, that’s the main outcome from making decisions: direction.
Whether it be a new direction, a change of direction, continuing the existing direction, or bringing the current direction to a halt, it is fundamentally dependent on decisions.
Now, the vast majority of leaders and managers (and business owners) will experience regular challenges in their ability and willingness to make decisions.
So, here is a simple tip to help you keep your decision-making on track:
- every time something arrives on your desk, adopt the simple motto “do, or delegate”.
Either deal with it yourself (the “do”), or give it to someone else (the “delegate”) with clear expectations of when you need it done by and what outcomes you expect. Do not just let it sit there, or put it aside!
So, remember, the best ‘first step’ to making better decisions is to make a decision!
Do, or delegate!
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