Steps to Management Success – Step 14: Don’t Make Rushed Decisions

Written By Rick Frishman Published March 31st, 2010


Don’t Make Rushed Decisions

If the issue is serious, never make a decision on the spot unless you absolutely have to. Think it over for a few minutes, an evening, or a weekend, and then go into the office with your answer. Give yourself the time you need to avoid the mistakes that often result from haste.

WHAT IT MEANS: Clearly, decisions can vary considerably in their urgency, importance, and complexity—and so no one rule of thumb fits all—but you should never be pressured into giving a quick yes or no before you’ve given yourself adequate time to think it through. At the end of the day, it’s much more about the quality of your decisions than the time it took to make them.

ACTION PLAN: Make it a point to never make an instant decision if there isn’t a compelling reason to do so. Make sure you have the facts. And then go grab a cup of coffee or take a walk around the block or resolve to sleep on it. More often than not, you have the right to give yourself a little time to breathe—and think it over.

EVEN BETTER: Write it down! List the pros and cons of making your decision one way or another. Listing and evaluating the relevant considerations and potential consequences can be a very useful tool for helping you to think things through. And the very process itself can be a healthy brake on the tendency to make snap decisions.

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)

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