Decision making is by far one of the toughest things we get to do. Hiring the right team, developing the most effective strategy, deciding on next year’s budget – these examples, and many more, are typically decided with just enough planning to give us that feeling of security that we’re doing the right thing.
“There will be very few occasions when you are absolutely certain about anything. You will consistently be called upon to make decisions with limited information. That being the case, your goal should not be to eliminate uncertainty. Instead, you must develop the art of being clear in the face of uncertainty.” – Andy Stanley
Experience tells us that there will be many decisions to make for which we know the outcome and therefore can plan effectively but for many areas of growth, change and development, we simply don’t have all the facts. Perhaps it’s the lack of clarity that is a good indicator for how we decide.
Regardless of the type of decision you need to make, can you be clear about what the issue and anticipated outcomes are?