5 Ways to be decisive

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Being indecisive costs a lot to the country and to an organization. In fact it  costs  a lot of dollars every day for lack of decisiveness. According to business analysts companies lose billions of dollars because they are not decisive. I personally know how I lost many opportunities because I was not decisive, and I am sure you have also lost a lot of opportunities.

The major reason people are indecisive is because they are afraid and fear cripples them. They are afraid of losing their jobs.  The truth is nobody wants to be accountable for what might be considered as a wrong decision. If you want to be decisive follow these five simple keys:

  • Organizations should have candid conversations and must be honest

                Good leaders discuss challenges and opportunities with a group and they allow everyone to share their opinions and thoughts. They encourage feedback and actively listen to them. As trust improves in the organization employees begin to be more decisive.

  • Clear understanding of the decision to be made

Once trust is developed throughout the organization the real issues that need a decision must be articulated properly. How the decision will affect the company and the individual must be analysed.

  • Take fear out

Everyone is afraid these days. Everyone fears a decision can make or break a person. So if an atmosphere is created in which fear is substantial reduced then making decision will be easier to make.  Brainstorming is encouraged during  creative meetings, and no idea is treated as trivial. They are all examined equally and so taking fear from the equation helps individuals and organizations succeed greatly.

  • Different approach to Problem Solving and Decision Making:

Good leaders use a different approach for problem solving and decision making. If a motivated employee makes an audacious presentation about making the company no. 1 in a new country which already has some competition, the leader will not belittle the presenter. But he would pose some problem solving questions to see if the plan proposed by the presenter is applicable or not. The leader would ask about the competition, or about how one intends of making these gains or how many main competitor the company has?

Such an approach to problem solving will help in making better decisions.

  • Reward Decisiveness

As already mentioned, indecision can cost money and opportunities. So, good leaders reward their team for being decisive with other valuable things other than just monetary rewards. It could be acknowledgement, increased responsibility, and more opportunities for growth. This will only make them take more good decisions.

In short, being decisive  is a powerful  advantage to many people and companies.

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D. Ronald Hadrian
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