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Quick or Slow – Making Decisions as a Leader

As leaders, we constantly need to make decisions. Every day there are decisions made, which impact our teams and mission. In my experience, usually there are two immediate considerations when I am presented with the the opportunity to create decisions – fast or slow.

Is this some thing I can or need to decide quickly or is it something for which we should proceed cautiously?

Several decisions can (and should) be arbitrary decisions – decisions made very quickly. Based on dictionary. com, Arbitrary can be based on arbitrary choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or even system

Others decisions need to be computed decisions – decisions made much slower. Calculated is defined as done with full awareness of the likely consequences; carefully planned or designed

Growing to understand which type of decision-making to use at a given time will help you make better decisions and ultimately be a much better leader.

  • I know leaders who have made very quick, instant, arbitrary decisions only to grow to regret them. (This innovator being one. )
  • I know others, again including this one, who had taken too long to make a calculated choice and the delay was pricey.

seven examples of thoughts of whether or not to make decisions fast or slow:

Faster decisions:

  • There is a severe and immediate threat or even danger to people or the firm
  • The perceived impact has a limited life-span or is easily reversible
  • The decision has a cost effective or investment
  • When the decision-maker is the implementer (this is a huge one in delegation)
  • Excellent sure “ gut” about it. In other words, it’ s a “ no brainer”
  • The same decision has been made many times previously
  • We are doing an “ experiment” attached to a set period

I weigh my options trying to make decisions as quickly as possible, knowing there will be another decision which usually needs to be made soon.

And, then, sometimes, even though we can be overwhelmed with the amount of decisions required, sometimes we simply need to consider our time.

Slower decisions:

  • No serious threat exists to the people or the organization; therefore a person don’ t have to do this particular.
  • There are longer-term implications, so we will have to live with this a while
  • Higher cost and greater individual investment
  • Whenever other people will have to be the implementers, so it impacts others over the decision-maker
  • My gut isn’ big t at peace and I have no clear conviction
  • The decision has been made very few situations, if ever
  • We haven’ t consulted having a collection of wise voices; however there is time to do so

These are not really foolproof and this is not an exhaustive lists in making choices. These are not checklists, but using some of those type parameters helps me know whether to make decisions fast or slow.

  • Often we can make excuses to delay responding when in reality we know we have to make a decision.
  • Other times we move therefore fast we never consider the impact on other people – those who have to live with the consequences in our decision.

The main idea here is all decisions can’ t be made at the same pace.

  • Sometimes we move fast, using a very arbitrary decision.
  • Other times, we need to become very calculated in our reaction.

The next time you have decisions to make, consider which method you should use for your occasion – fast or even slow.

Do you see the difference within the two?

I should note, if The almighty has made the answer clear you don’ t need this post. Simply obey.

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