Are you a decisive decision-maker?
Decisiveness is the ability to make decisions quickly, even when we don't have all the information. However, I've realized that many leaders don't even realize that they're not decisive.
Take Kim. Changes are happening upstream that are impacting her team. The team keeps asking how they should implement this with their clients. Rather than deciding, Kim defers the decision to her director; Let's wait to see what Keaton says.
Jasmine tells me she has two vacant positions. She's got money to hire for those two positions. And... She's been deciding what to do about hiring for them for two months.
Anika has an issue with Sage's performance. However, rather than deciding if or how she should discipline Sage, she asks Sage's peer colleague to "help her out" with this task. In essence, she's passing the buck and deferring the problem to someone else to deal with.
The three clients all have problems with decisive decision-making. Rather than making a decision, they are deferring, delaying or trying to dodge making a decision. Perhaps you do one of those too!
Let's look at each a bit closer and how you can "fix" that decision-making "mistake."
Decisiveness is the ability to make a decision quickly, even when you don't have all the information.
Three decision-making mistakes and the fixes
MISTAKE # 1 - We defer the decision to someone else
Rather than making a decision that is ours to make, we often try and get other people to decide for us.
The mistake here is not taking responsibility for making a decision.
MISTAKE # 2 - We delay making a decision
Rather than making a decision, we keep putting off making that decision. We procrastinate. We hedge. But not just for a little bit... but for a long bit!
The mistake here is that we don't even decide when we will decide!
MISTAKE # 3 - We dodge the decision altogether
Dodging is when we ignore the fact that there is a decision to be made.
One of the ways we dodged decisions is when it's time to hold somebody accountable. Rather than address the issue, have a performance conversation, take disciplinary action or let them go, we dodged the whole thing.
The mistake here is that we don't even acknowledge there is a decision to be made.
Decisiveness is the ability to make a decision in a reasonable amount of time, even when we don't have all the evidence to make the decision the way we'd like to. Decisiveness is not always easy!
To help you out, this week on the podcast, I'm giving you a hack to help you make decisive decisions. Because here's the thing...
Effective leaders make decisions decisively.
Tune into this week's podcast to learn about the decision-making hack that will help you be a decisive leader!
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