Would you say you are quick to make a decision or you like to think about it awhile?  I know, I know.  Most of you are saying to yourself, “Well it depends on the situation.” While that’s true, most of us do have a preference.

For me, I lean towards the quicker decision making process. As an artist and creative thinker, I tend to “go for it,” but not without looking at the process behind the decision. While I do make decisions fairly quickly, I also find out the critical pieces of information and make the best decision possible with the information I have to work with.

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen leaders make is waiting too long to make decisions. This can slow down the growth and forward movement of an organization and more often than not, it will frustrate those working with you. Oh yeah, they may say they’re with you in the process, but they really can’t wait for you to make up your mind so they can get to work.

I love how Seth Godin describes decision making in one of his blog posts (emphasis mine):

First rule of decision making: More time does not create better decisions.

In fact, it usually decreases the quality of the decision.

More information may help. More time without more information just creates anxiety, not insight.

Deciding now frees up your most valuable asset, time, so you can go work on something else.

If your’e waiting around to gather EVERY piece of information so that you can make an informed decision, I’ve got news for you.  You’ll NEVER have all the information. Do us all a favor and strap up and make the call. I’ve never met a perfect leader and chances are you’re going to make some mistakes along the way.  Embrace them. Learn from them.

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One Response to “Decisions…Decisions…”

  • Mel Says:

    I probably fall more toward making quick decisions. Coming up on 20 years in health care I’ve been conditioned to choose quickly. That sometimes works out at home!

    I love reading your thoughts…glad to see you back! Keep challenging my thoughts and I’ll keep reading!! I love engaging in conversations where I might learn something!!

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