Manufacture Your Day by BEING DECISIVE
How do you make decisions?
- Do you have to do a lot of research?
- Does not having “enough information” hold you back from making timely decisions?
- Are you able to make spontaneous decisions based on your gut feeling?
- Is it important to you to ask for input from your employees before you make decisions?
We are all different and that’s a good thing. I believe it is important to acknowledge how we make our decisions and consider if we can make improvements in this area.
You cannot change what you don’t acknowledge.
When it comes to my decision-making skills, I have to say that I’m pretty decisive. When I have to make a decision my natural instinct is to go ahead and like Nike says “just do it”. I am a very intuitive person and I often rely on my intuition and my gut feeling but there are also many situations that are based on facts and/or others’ input.
I truly believe that information overload is a decision killer. If you think you have to know everything before you make a decision, you will never make one or by the time you do, it is already too late.
We live in a very fast-paced business environment and we have to find a way that combines our sense of urgency with the ability to make clear and timely decisions.
Have you ever received an email from someone who also cc’d just about everyone else just to cover their rear end? Almost every day, right?
If this is the case in your company, you are most certainly dealing with trust issues throughout your organization. If people are afraid to make the wrong decision, they often try to avoid altogether making a decision. This is human nature and it may also be the reason why we see so many blame-storming sessions in our corporate environments.
Decision-making skills can be learned but if FEAR rules our emotions, it can really hurt the business and in many cases it already has.
Fear causes inactivity and it usually takes our eyes off the target.
If we become more concerned about ourselves than about anything else, it may be important to dig a little bit deeper. Usually, it is never as bad as it seems. In fact, it has been said that fear can be “false evidence appearing real”. Being fearful does not necessarily have to be a bad thing if we are aware of it. I think we should be fearful at least once a day because this is a sign of progress.
If you never feel uncomfortable and nervous about a decision you have to make, it means that you have settled for mediocrity.
Decisiveness is not only a skill, it is also an attitude. Make the decision to be decisive and you will be, otherwise, you could possibly end up like one of those flat squirrels.
Food for Thought:
What do you think, are you a great decision maker?
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