There is lots of evidence that great leaders do 2 things really well.
They make great decisions, and they make them quickly.
This comes with Process and with Practice
5 things to think about
- Generate more than 2 options – not just do it or don’t do it but look for other lateral options – what else might you do to achieve the same results?
- Don’t rush – take your time consider all the options – what else could you do to achieve the same or indeed better results – this takes me back to point 1
- Don’t make big or important decisions when you are hungry – there is lots of evidence to support the fact that if you are hungry – lacking sufficient glucose to feed your brain you make significantly worse decisions than if you are well rested and well fed. Decision making – considering all the options is expensive in terms of energy.
- Don’t feel too confident – test the assumptions
- Why do I think this?
- What are the options?
- Where are the risks?
- What needs to be true for this to be a good decision?
- Go back and analyse the process – you can only do this if you have a clear process that you follow when you make decisions –
- How did the decision work out?
- Did we achieve what I hoped or forecast?
- What could have been done better?
- What else should I have considered which impacted the outcome?
It is ONLY if you have a process that you can improve by making marginal gains on both the speed and accuracy of your decisions which as we know contributes to making leaders great.
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