Can you afford to make poor decisions?
I doubt many of you feel that you can. In addition to the immediate results you seek, the decisions you make today have bearing on the opportunities you enjoy tomorrow. Moreover, if you are leading others or even an entity, the decisions you make affect a great number of lives and futures.
So how do you check in to see whether your decision-making needs a tune-up?
The simple answer is to ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you reaching your goals?
- Are you outperforming the competition?
- Are you influencing others at a high level?
- Are you ready to meet the future?
Rate yourself below to see if you need a tune-up in your decision-making process.
- I use a well-defined process to make my decisions.
- I seek to identify the real problem before I begin to make a decision.
- I weigh the pros, cons, and risks carefully before making decisions.
- I include key stakeholders in the decision-making process, even if this will slow down the process or require a great deal of consensus-building.
- In my thought process, I tend to use language such as “how might this happen,” rather than, “this can’t happen because…”
- If I doubt the final decision, I stop to re-evaluate my assumptions and decision-making process.
- Others see me as an excellent problem-solver and seek to include me in significant decisions.
Where do you need to tune up your own decision-making process? I’d love to hear about your own experience!
Patti Cotton helps executives optimize their effectiveness in leading self, others, and the enterprise. Her areas of focus include confidence, leadership style, executive presence, effective communication, succession planning, and masterful execution. With over 25 years of leadership experience, both stateside and abroad, Patti works with individuals, teams, and organizations across industries, providing executive consulting, leadership development, succession planning, change management, and conflict resolution. She is also an experienced Fortune 500 speaker. For more information on how Patti Cotton can help you and your organization, click here.