“It does not require much strength to do things,
but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.” – Elbert Hubbard
It’s easy to do “things.” What are the things you find yourself doing before making a decision? Here are some of the most common:
- Soliciting feedback
- Researching the topic
- Waiting to make a decision
- Talking about and analyzing the decision
Of course, NONE of these things are bad on their own. Many of them are usually necessary. But, after we’ve done the research, gotten a reasonable amount of feedback, and analyzed the decision…it’s time to do the hard work of deciding!
That’s where many leaders falter. Instead of deciding, we jump back into the research-feedback-analyze cycle. The problem is it can be an endless cycle if you allow it. And that delays progress and generates frustration among your team.
We don’t need a committee to help us every time we need to make a decision. I prefer feedback or input from no more than three or four people. I seek advice from my inner circle, those who understand my vision, passion, anxieties and limitations best as well as from those the front line who have a better understanding of the situation than I do.
Gather your information, then gather your strength and make your decision.