People who are decisive get things done — that’s why decisiveness is one of the skills we’re looking for people to develop to drive culture change. Everyone feels some level of indecisiveness when making a decision — here are a few tips to help you get better at it.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes — but do take responsibility for the results you create. A mindset of personal responsibility goes a long way.
KNOW YOUR AUTHORITY
Be clear on what decisions are yours to make.
SET A DEADLINE
Force yourself to make decisions under tight deadlines. In many cases, you don’t need a lot of time to make good decisions — you just think you do.
Use someone you know outside your area to get their feedback. Try a person who doesn’t have any vested interest in the outcome of your decision.
MAKE YOUR CASE …
but don’t become paralyzed by it. Gather data, costs, and anything else that impacts your decision. Ask smart questions so you have the right information to make your decision. Don’t overanalyze.
SEE THE BIG PICTURE
Make decisions that better position the company for business success. Decisions should not be self-serving.
Implement your decision, monitor progress, and course-correct along the way.