Indecision hurts. It can kill productivity, and demotivate workers.
Some decisions are so simple that you're barely aware you're making them, while others are time-consuming, high risk, and can be stressful.
On average, we make 35,000 decisions a day.
This comes at a cost.
Decisions require energy and effort. As you probably already know, decisions become harder as the day goes on and we get tired.
Prioritising important decisions and limiting the number of possible choices are ways to avoid decision fatigue (and yes, it is a real thing).
As a leader you must make many decisions. But not all decisions are equal, there can be limited information available and there are consequences to consider.
To be an effective leader you need to be aware of the impact that delaying a decision can have on your team. Delaying decisions can cost time and money and can annoy and create stress for your team8tes.
Being able to make good decisions in a timely way helps to create thriving and productive teams.
Here are some tips to help you make good decisions quickly and help your team get on with their work.
The OODA loop – Observe-Orient-Decide-Act
Originally introduced in combat and strategic warfare, the OODA loop’s original goal was to help make decisions quickly in order to interrupt the enemy’s decision cycle.
The OODA loop is a description of how decision-making within our minds in a recurring loop of observation, orientation, decision-making and action in response to a situation.
While we are not on the battlefield, the OODA loop is still a useful tool in decision making.
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Tip: Don't do it alone - involve others
No one really likes being told what to do. If you involve your team8tes in the decision-making process, it leads to better outcomes in the long run. Sure, it may take longer to reach a consensus – but buy-in from your team will lead to better and longer lasting results.
Tip: Keep it simple
Decision-making becomes difficult the more choices we have.
The solution? Keep it simple – narrow the choice to between 2-3 alternatives.