Despite all the concerning events in our world and the uncertainty that lies ahead, one constant is this: You will keep having to make difficult decisions that affect your company’s future and the people in it.
These days especially, we are in unchartered waters with no clarity on what the future brings. Therefore, the decision-making process becomes increasingly more important moving forward.
Become grounded and consistent in your decision making.
Here are three suggestions to help you become grounded as you make important decisions:
- Position yourself to think through considerations in advance. Allow time to think, plan, reflect, and anticipate.
- Use your company vision, mission, and business values as your guiding light to decision making. They form the foundation of your business and should never waver.
- Don’t play favorites. Rather, do the right thing for the business. Remember, it’s always about business; it’s never personal.
You can pick up additional advice on decision-making by listening to my latest podcast conversation with the CEO of Boise Cascade, Nate Jorgensen. Key points you’ll hear:
- Gain clarity on the problem you’re trying to solve and define what success looks like.
- Bring the right information and voices into the discussion.
- Maintain an open mind and ask great questions.
- Check for correct input and question all assumptions.
Because not all leaders feel comfortable making decisions, they postpone doing it. Don’t let this be you. If you do, you risk your credibility as a leader. The result? You’ll miss opportunities to succeed.
Sound decision-making can make or break you as a leader. Strive to make the process count.