How to Move from Decision to Action
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- You’ve considered the best case if you don’t take action, and that turns out to be the wisest choice.
- You’ve considered the worst case if you don’t take action, and that turns out to be the worst choice.
- 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.