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Motivational Speaker, Coach, and Trainer, Coach Jim Johnson

Are you willing to make the big decisions?

How do you make big decisions?


Decision making is arguably the most important aspect of being a leader.  When we are leading groups of others toward a specific goal, we are often faced with tough decisions.  Making a lineup change to your sports team?  Do you have to let someone go from your workplace?  How do you go about making these decisions?  Do You have a plan in place?  In this week’s #CJJblog I wanted to give you some tips on how to be prepared to make any big decisions that come your way.  Enjoy.

  • Team first. At the heart of these decisions must be your team.  What is best for the team?  Even if it’s not the most popular decision at first, you need to put your team first.
  • Use analytics. Data and statistics are a great way to support your choice.  Numbers don’t lie and you can use them to your advantage when evaluating your choice.  How do you use analytics when making a decision?
  • Trust your gut. When it comes down to it, you must feel it in your gut that it’s the right decision.  Believe in yourself and believe in the choices you make as a leader.  If your team senses weakness in your decision, it will reflect in how they respond.
  • Get feedback. Do you have someone you can confide in for their thoughts and feedback?  Let them influence, but not dictate what you decide.  Make sure they help you analyze the information at hand to make the best choice for the team.
  • Have a decision-making process in place to implement when needed.  What is your process you use to make decisions?


Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson got a Standing O at his recent leadership talk at The Walsh Company in Chicago, IL.  He will be giving another professional leadership talk at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) here in Rochester, NY.


Life Tip #88: Failure is an event, not a person.  Learn from failure to do what’s best for the team.

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