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How do you make good decisions?

Are you making the right decisions?

As leaders, we are faced with many decisions on a daily basis. Do you have the proper knowledge and processes in place to consistently make the right ones?  In the #CJJblog this week I gove you some questions to ask yourself and a handful of tips on how you can make sure your decisions are well thought out and executed to perfection.  Enjoy.

  • Focus.  Always ask yourself “What is the best use of my time right now?
  • Team.  Keep your team or those you are leading top of mind.  Welcome their feedback, share it, and arrive at a solution.  What is the best/worst case scenario?
  • Staff.  Do you have assistants, staff, or coworkers that you work alongside?  Always share your final decision with them (get both their feedback and buy-in) before announcing decision to the rest of the team.
  • Unify your team.  Some decisions might be tough for your team to receive.  It is your job as their leader to unify them and explain why you made the choice.  Get their buy-in, respect, and agreement to proceed as a team.
  • Quick important decisions.  When making quick decisions, here are a few things to remember:
    • Prepare for “in the moment” or (in my case) “in-game” decisions.
    • Share decisions and potential strategies with your staff.
    • Be decisive and strong in your actions.
    • Three C’s – Clear, Concise, and Confident
  • Scale of one to ten.  This is very helpful when making decisions jointly with someone.  Rate your decision and how passionate you are about it from 1 to 10.  “I want to eat lunch at McDonald’s and I rate it an eight.”
  • Time to yourself.  Take time all to yourself to sit quietly without distraction and be in your thoughts.  Clear minds make clear decisions.
  • Breathing.  Seven counts in, eight counts out.  Control your breathing.
  • Mistakes.  If you do make a mistake: 1) Own up to it, 2) Apologize, and 3) Share how you will correct it.
  • Creative compromise.  Seek first to understand, then to respond.  If a decision isn’t a win-win for everyone, don’t make that decision.

Did You Know?  You can listen to the most recent Coach Jim Johnson podcast episode – on making decisions – HERE.

Life Tip #25:  In decision making, always ask yourself “If I make this decision, then what?”

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