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4 Surefire Ways To Make A Bad Decision

As a leader you have to make tons of decisions, and granted not all of them are going to be winners. But suffice it to say, there are several things, that if you do will almost guarantee a bad decision.

Please others - you will never make everyone happy. With every decision you will please some and anger others - there are only few times that axiom may not hold true -  but don't bet on it. So don't even try to please others in your decision making. It will only make you crazy and neurotic.

Take the path of least resistance - often times the best decisions aren't always easy. They will require sacrifice and hard work. A decision may require a lot of risk and may ask you and your organization to venture into uncertainty. Yet it is usually the the decisions that ask from us the greatest cost that will have the biggest and best pay off and results.

Make it too quick - certainly there are many decisions that don't require a lot of deliberation. Should I get a scoop of vanilla or chocolate? Should I get that extra helping at dinner? Those are the kind of decisions that you don't have to think too hard about. But there are many decisions in leadership that will require you pause, evaluate, deliberate, seek council, pray and even wait. How will you know you shouldn't move too quick? A couple of hints will be - if your leadership isn't aligned. Or if there are unknown and missing information prohibiting you from being able to make an informed decision. Or perhaps you even have a check in your spirit. If you sense you need more time to pull the trigger on a decision, then it is worth putting the pause button on making that decision.

Make it too slow - Now it sounds like I am speaking out of both sides of my mouth. Yet for some leaders their issue isn't that they are quick and impetuous, rather they are afraid and fearful leaders and are too slow to settle on a decision. Therefore deliberating too long can cause an organization or person to miss strategic and timely opportunities. If you take to long to make a decision you run the risk of paralysis of too much analysis.

What would you add to this list?


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