How to Move from Decision to Action

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Weighing decisions appropriately, and making them in a timely way – is a critical management skill.  Let’s review some indicators that you may benefit from a little help in framing, making, or communicating a decision properly so you can make it – and move on.

Have you ever experienced these feelings or thoughts?

  • You have a nagging sense about risk in a decision, but you aren’t sure how to name it?
  • You suffer from “analysis paralysis” – too much thinking, and not enough acting?
  • You need to convey your thinking to another person or group, but you’re not sure how to frame the consequences of the choice simply and elegantly?
  • You feel about ready to make a decision, but you just want to think it through one more time – from a fresh perspective – to be sure you have it right?

These are feelings you may have when on the cusp of making a decision.  You need a perspective or frame of reference that helps you know you’re ready to move from decision-making to action.  You want to step back, briefly, and be sure you’ve considered all options.

Here’s our Top 5 list of Last Things to Check Before You Make Your Decision:

  1. You are drawn to the best case of what happens if you do move forward with a decision and an action, but you want to double check your thinking.
  2. You’ve considered the worst case of what happens if you do move forward with a decision and action, but want to be sure you’ve considered the upside as well.
  3. You’ve considered the best case if you don’t take action, and that turns out to be the wisest choice.
  4. You’ve considered the worst case if you don’t take action, and that turns out to be the worst choice.
  5. You’ve considered all these scenarios, and based on that, are ready to make your move!

 

Doing this reflection will yield tangible benefits, including:

  • Protecting you from action when inaction would be best, and vice versa
  • Ensuring you consider the worst case, rather than just the best case, and vice versa
  • Giving you the peace of mind of knowing you’ve considered the consequences of this decision from all perspectives before you act.

 

Learn a simple yet powerful tool for moving from decision-making to action here.

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