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Every day leaders must make decisions; that’s a big part of the job. Obviously, most leaders want to make great choices. But, all too commonly, many get trapped trying to make a “great” choice such that they delay making any choice. “Gathering data,” they say. “Waiting to see how things come together.” They dither; expend energy, time and resources on trying to sharpen the choice. The result is often confusion (too much information) rather than clarity. And…..no decision!

What happens if we shift our thinking from making a great choice to making our choices great?  What changes if we focus our energy on ensuring the effectiveness of the choices we’ve made?

I can hear you now. You’re asking – how do we know when; at what point do we just choose and move on to making it work? I submit the most impactful leaders have figured that out. How much do you need to know? 80%? 90%? I wonder. How would you know you’ld reached that percentage anyway?

I submit it’s simpler than that. Most of the time leaders know what they are going to choose. Deep down, they have a sense of which way they’ll go. They procrastinate because they want to be sure, because they hope for some magical certainty, rather than just somewhat confident. As Nike says: “Just do it!”

Again. Don’t look to make a great choice. Just make a choice and then make it great. You’ll be way farther ahead.

  1. Chuck Rose /

    I think it was Teddy Roosevelt who said that the best thing to do in any situation is the right thing; the second best thing is the wrong thing and the worst thing you can do is nothing at all.

    Tony Robbins says that eve the best pilots are off course most of the time. The know their destination and keep on correcting until they get there.

    The best managers make the best decisions they can, as quickly as they can and then deal with the consequences.