Five Essentials of Decision Making
– Article by P Seenivasan PMP, PgMP, PfMP
Week 11, Dated 18.01.2022
This week we are taking a break from Peter Drucker series and learn something else. Last weekend we had an interesting discussion after listening to this podcast on Leadership by Craig Groeschel (https://www.life.church/leadershippodcast ). The leadership attribute discussed was “Decision making”.
Below are few snippets that are very relevant to every one of us.
- Avoid either – or situations
As an individual we generally limit the options to two and we quickly step in to evaluating between ‘either this or that’ situation. In order to expand the options, we need more minds. Involve your core team, expand the options, and make decisions
- Avoid decision fatigue
Decision making creates significant mental energy and make the leader tired. When he/she continues with such condition it impacts on the quality of the decisions. How do one overcome this ‘decision fatigue’? The answer is very simple – Delegate as many decisions as possible to your next line of leadership. Make only decisions that you need to make. They grow in maturity, feel empowered, and your stress will come down.
- Become your own personal advisor
Separate emotion from decision making. When a critical moment to take decision comes up, ask yourself as “what would a great leader do”? and ask the next question “what my successor would do?. You will get an unbiassed option and that would be an acceptable one to all.
- Decide when you are going to decide
Procrastination is the No. 1 enemy of progress. A decision not taken at an appropriate time is always a sub-optimal and/or inferior decision. Remind yourself the cost of no decision and delayed decision. Often, we expect 100% certainty and confidence before we communicate or implement. Opportune moments are highly temporary and absolute certainty will never be reached. It is an illusion.
- Validate your decision with your Master
All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans Proverbs 16:2,3
Every leader who fears God, subjects himself to Him and listens to His voice before making decisions. This cannot be explained but it should be experienced.
How do you make your decisions? Do you see areas of improvement?
Make a decision today to introspect and become better!