achieve your desired outcome? Assess your progress and make necessary changes. Johnson says even when an initial decision falls short, it’s important to accept failure, learn from it, and take responsibility. Doing so will help you make better decisions in the future.
How to Decide
According to Robert Cannon, founder of The Cannon Advantage, a leadership consulting firm, decision making is more art than science. He offers tips for preventing these common mistakes:
Suffering from analysis-paralysis. A good decision, executed in a timely manner, will always serve you better than one implemented too late. Abandon thoughts of perfection and minimize fear by outlining alternative options.
Shooting from the hip. Good decisions require time to review options and outcomes as well as the pros and cons. The amount of time you take to make a choice should be proportionate to its significance and impact. Refrain from snap decisions. Give yourself a day or more to reflect.
Saving face. This philosophy is highly overrated. By continuing to execute a bad decision, you will probably make matters worse. Reserve the right to be flexible and make necessary changes.