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Clear your head before making big decisions

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in Leaders & Managers,Management Training

In your business, all decisions are not created equal. Some are more vital to your company’s overall success than others.

That’s why it’s important to identify those watershed decisions, and then put yourself in the right frame of mind.

You can’t make a sound decision when you’re juggling lots of activities at the same time, says innovation consultant Luda Kopeikina in Sloan Management Review.

Instead, you need to reach the same kind of “clarity state” that top athletes reach in competition.

To get there, these four factors should be working for you:

1. You’re sure of your data’s quality and confident that you’re thinking about the problem in the right way. Make sure others working on the decision are aligned in their thinking and goals.

2. You’re accountable for your decision.

3. You ask the right questions and judge new ideas within the context of the goal you have in mind.

4. You’re brave enough to consider all new ideas and options, regardless of the perceived risk. Then, once you’ve decided, you have the courage to carry out the decision.

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