Coach Andrea’s Intro
When my clients are avoiding making a decision, I have them imagine the best result and the worst result of their decision. This process gets the issues on the table so they can be dealt with. Many times, they see that their indecision is only making things worse. This week’s Tip by Neil Ducoff provides additional thoughts on decision making for leaders.
Quote of the Week
“It’s less important to have unanimity than it is to be making the right decisions and doing the right thing, even though at the outset it may seem lonesome.”
Four Truths About Making the Toughest Leadership Decisions
By Neil Ducoff
- The outcome you fear most is rarely as bad you imagined. The simple process of working through a tough decision prepares you for most of the stuff you dread – if that stuff occurs at all.
- Avoiding the tough decisions can be pure agony. The longer you wait, the more stressful it gets. The longer you wait, the more difficult the solution or change.
- Avoid the tough decision entirely and you’ll get to personally meet those lions and tigers and bears. Tough decisions are easy to obsess over. You get bogged down in the “what if” mode. Even if your worst fear is that you’ll lose everything, making tough decisions is your responsibility.
- Total commitment is non-negotiable. You must be committed to seeing through the implementation of your tough decisions. You must be committed to adjusting course when necessary to ensure the intended destination is reached (p. 31-32).
From: Ducoff, N. (2012). Wake up!: inspiring and challenging strategies on what it takes to be a no-compromise leader. Centerbrook, CT: Strategies.
Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu/
Coaching Call To Action
Will you help others learn from your experiences on decision making?
Thursday, October 18, 2012 – 9 am to noon EDT
Pounce on a Project III
We’re entering the last quarter of 2012. Have you set up your top three priorities for Q4? Want to get a jump start on them? Come to Pounce on a Project III – - 2012.
Join me on Thursday, October 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon Eastern. We will join as a group by phone and declare what you want to accomplish: working on your marketing plan for Q4, writing the white paper you promised to get done in October, or cleaning out your space so you can get to your projects.
During the morning, the group will gather by phone a few times to check progress and get any support needed to finish with a bang. At noon, the group will celebrate their accomplishments. Who says projects have to be boring and tedious? Bring your lightness and fun and join us for energy and focus.
To sign up or learn more, call or e-mail me by noon on Wednesday, October 17th. Feel free to share this with friends and co-workers, the more the merrier. (Cost of the program is only the cost of long distance phone calls.)