It’s Monday and we’re back with another installment of our TGIM series, or Thank Goodness It’s Monday! Each Monday our posts will focus on employee engagement and we hope to hear your thoughts on Twitter using the #TGIM hashtag or with a reply to us @SageHRMS.
Monday mornings can be a difficult time for intensive decision-making. Some managers have a hard enough time culling a decent splinter of energy, let alone applying their full mental capacity toward executive strategy and decision-making. As a manager, you’re not expected to be at 100 percent 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but you need to be able to make sound and informed decisions.
If you find yourself increasingly bogged down by your job – whether because of rapid growth, the end of the quarter or some other project – it may help to take a step back and review the process by which you make both your personal and professional decisions.
“To avoid pining over what to do and what to skip, it can help to learn how to make better decisions,” explains Entrepreneur magazine. “You’ll be viewed as a better leader and get better results overall.”
Here are a few suggestions to better prepare yourself for the demand of managerial decision-making:
1.) Turn your brain off and remove yourself from the task at hand. Great ideas tend to emerge from nowhere. Thinking heavily about something is important, but it tends to clutter the mind. By removing yourself from the task at hand you’re able to store all that information in your subconscious mind, thereby prepping you for inspiration at any given moment. This will also help you make more clear-headed decisions.
2.) Forget about perfection. Don’t even bother with it – it’s just not going to happen. Most leaders would prefer a project be delivered 80 percent complete a few hours early than 100 percent complete five minutes late.
“Moral of the story: Don’t wait for everything to be perfect,” cites Entrepreneur. “Instead of seeking the impossible, efficient decision makers tend to leap without all the answers and trust that they’ll be able to build their wings on the way down.”
3.) Focus on the decision, not problem-solving. Leave the analysis to the analysts. It’s your job to decide according to the information you’ve been given. This may mean relying on intuition more than raw data – a daunting prospect for many – but such is the nature of the business leader and entrepreneur. The better one understands this, the closer one comes to making better decisions.
What are some other ways managers can make better decisions?
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