Make A Decision, Then Make It Right

Decision-making is one of the biggest challenges managers, leaders and business owners face. At least I think it is. Or maybe not. Possibly. Well, it is or isn’t. But I’m not sure. 🙂

Some say that indecision is a decision: a decision to not make a decision. It can be. But most times indecision is the result of not being able to make a decision, or the fear of making a decision. It’s in times like these where I say go for it – make a decision, and then make it right.

Bob was looking to hire a marketing assistant. Introduced to Sally, he had a good feeling about her ability to fit the role and be successful. But there was a problem. Others did not agree. In fact, some people actually made negative comments about Sally. He interviewed other candidates, but kept coming back to Sally. He knew deep down inside that she was the right person for the job, but the doubting comments from others made him doubt himself.

Eventually, Bob went for it. After a couple of weeks of indecision, he knew he needed to do one of two things: pick Sally or someone else. That’s when he made the decision to choose Sally, and then do everything he could to make it work out.

Was it the right decision? Who knows? There’s no way of knowing whether someone else would have been a better choice. One thing is for certain though: If he didn’t make a decision, things would not have moved forward. Bob made a decision, and then made it work. Sally turned out to be a great marketing assistant. Was it because Bob made the right decision, or because he made a commitment to making the decision the right one? It doesn’t matter. I say the commitment to making the decision work is the most important part of the decision-making process.

The most important step in decision-making is actually after the decision has been made: making it work.

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