If you’re like many leaders, you’ll make a decision then move on to the next order of business.
Do you ever spend any of your time reflecting on the decisions you’ve made?
I don’t mean every minor decision that you make. I’m asking about the big ones, the important ones; hiring a key player on the team, re-organizing your business, vendor selection, software or training purchase, process improvement or other major changes.
Your credibility as a leader is measured in many different ways. One measurement that leaders often overlook is the quality and consistency of the decisions they make.
Believe me when I say; you are being evaluated every time you make a decision. The evaluaters are silent, they are opinionated and they can be deadly to your career. With this measurement, your experience, your education and your position are irrelevant. What’s relevant is the quality of the decisions you make.
My leadership tip for you this week is to encourage you to reflect on a few of the past most important decisions you’ve made and learn from it. Consider how the implementation of the decision went as well because your great decision may have failed due to poor implementation.
Ask yourself these 3 – questions:
What are the 3 – things I liked about the decision and its implementation?
What are the 3 – things I disliked about the decision and its implementation?
If I had the chance to do it over again, how would I do it differently?
With a critical and honest self-analysis, you should be able to identify the mistakes in your past.
Decisions, learn from them and be prepared to make better future decisions.
Decisions have to be made … your credibility is on the line … be prepared.