Decisions, decisions…

Posted on October 16, 2009



This is an excerpt from Seth Godin’s blog:

Make a decision
It doesn’t have to be a wise decision or a perfect one. Just make one.
In fact, make several. Make more decisions could be your three word mantra. No decision is a decision as well, the decision not to decide. Not deciding is usually the wrong decision. If you are the go-to person, the one who can decide, you’ll make more of a difference. It doesn’t matter so much that you’re right, it matters that you decided.Of course it’s risky and painful. That’s why it’s a rare and valuable skill.

Decisions, this is what we do as leaders. In this new age of creative leadership, it’s less about being well spoken, charismatic, or visionary and more about the ability to decide. Leaders have the heavy burden of attempting to make perfect choices, in an imperfect environment with imperfect information. But worst than making the wrong choice is making no choice at all. Whether you are in business, non-profit, or church, indecision plagues our leaders.We have all seen it, experienced it, and have been forced to go around it. Indecision is de-motivating, unhealthy, and slows the momentum of even the most robust organizations.

Indecision is especially rampant right now because of the current economic crisis. leaders and businesses find the unpredictable and turbulent environment paralyzing. But we have to remember that the riskiest thing we can do is be safe. You can only move forward or move backwards. Standing still gives the allusion of safety but it’s just another form (and more deadly) of moving backwards. Backwards = death of an organization.

So make decisions and make a lot of them. Some of them will be wrong and costly but it will hurt your influence more than doing what 99% of others are doing- which is nothing.