5 Simple steps for effective decision-making

Leadership effectiveness either enhances or depreciates based on the ability to make decisions. The struggle often manifests either in procrastination or ‘passing the buck’ syndrome. Here are 5 simple steps to effective decision-making

  1. The right decision is often not the popular decision

The right decision is often not the popular decision, ironic but true. The intent of a good decision isn’t to please people but to do the right thing. Don’t be stuck trying to please one and all.

      2. Use the decision time window effectively

There is a strong correlation between time and decision-making. Delayed decisions lead to redundancy hasty decisions lead to incomplete or erroneous outcomes.

      3. Look for data beyond numbers as well

Data certainly assists decision-making but data should work in tandem with the context.

      4. Allow your intended decision to be challenged

A way to refine your decision and to validate for bias is to allow your intended decision to be challenged. This is possible however depending on the time available for the decision.

      5. Decide in advance for situations that are regular and repetitive

For situations which are repetitive in nature decide in advance. This approach brings clarity besides avoiding time wastage.

Mastering effective decision-making requires proactive engagement and a willingness to embrace challenges.

By following these five simple steps, you can enhance your ability to make sound decisions and drive positive outcomes in both your personal and professional life. Remember, decisive action today paves the way for a brighter tomorrow.

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