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How to Make Great Decisions

How to Make Great Decisions

How many decisions do you make in a day?  It may surprise you that “the average amount of remotely conscious decisions an adult makes each day equals about 35,000.

Of course, many of these decisions, like what color socks to wear or which route to take to the office, aren’t likely to make or break your day or your future.  You make them quickly without much thought.  Yet there are those big decisions that carry great importance because they quite literally affect your future and/or the future of others.

In working with professionals, business owners, and executives for over 25 years I’ve witnessed first-hand the stress experienced when leaders are faced with those big decisions. And once they have made a big decision it is challenging for a leader to explain their decision especially when short-term pain or dissatisfaction is bound to be involved.

How can you ensure that you make consistently great decisions?

By a “great decision” I mean a decision that you make with confidence and certainty.  Of course, you never really know if a decision is the “right” decision or not until after the fact. But a great decision is one that you can stand behind no matter how things turn out, even after the fact.  You can communicate your reasoning behind your decisions exceedingly well.  And you can look back with no regrets because you sincerely believe that it was a sound decision given the information you had at the time.

I will, however, suggest that the key to making consistently great decisions requires more than good information and great instincts.  Great decisions require that you clearly and simply define the basis upon which your decisions will be made.

So what is the basis for making great decisions?

The basis upon which great decisions are consistently and reliably made is a clear definition of what success looks like.

In order to make a great decision now, you must be crystal clear about the ultimate end game of how you want things to turn out in the future.  This is true for both the big, longer term decisions, as well as the everyday decisions. You must be able to make decisions both about what you will do and what you will not do, as well as set priorities if you are to reliably produce exceptional results.

“Your job as a leader is to establish your organization’s core focus and not let anything distract you from that.”  Traction by Gino Wickman 

I teach people how to create a one-page Strategy in Action™ Plan that they can use as the basis for making great decisions with confidence.  A client recently shared that after completing a plan with her team, they together evaluated every project on their list and asked: how well does this project serve the future as we have designed it?

In the process, they identified 2 projects that were clearly outside of the scope of how they defined success. They were popular projects – ones that a few individuals on her team were heavily invested in which made it tough to say we are going to stop doing these things.  Yet because they could all clearly see that these projects no longer made sense the decision was obvious to all.

Clarity is power.  If you want to make great decisions invest the time to get clear about the future as you want it to be.  Define success simply and clearly and you will be able to confidently make great decisions and to help those you lead to do the same.

If you are in Florida and are interested in learning how to create your Strategy in Action Plan join me on 5/8/18 for the Strategy Power Day at FIT in Melbourne, FL. 

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 For more information about additional Strategy in Action™ programs available please e-mail susan@randomactsofleadership.com.

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