Thoughts for the Day

Decision making

How do you decide?

Are you impulsive and make decisions based on intuitive thinking and reside at the emotional end of the spectrum, or are you hesitant, like to explore all possible angles and get everyone’s opinions and then try the decision out on a sample or trial basis?

Both types of decision making are fine. However, take both to their extremes and the first type behaviour may lead to inconsistent thinking as your emotions get the better of you. The latter may just lead to procrastination and indecision.

One thing is for sure, we live in a changing world. The middle ground on this is that; on the one hand there is no time to procrastinate; on the other hand, emotions do get the better of us.

The solution to decision making is to make them based on a clear understanding of what you are trying to acheive in the limited time available – make that decision and review it.

If it turns out to be a bad decision, make another decision and rectify the outcome.

The mindset on all this is that they are your decisions and you live with the consequences. Constant review and feedback from others are key to understanding the quality of the decision.

Pace

To ensure the rest of the world remains with you, stop doing things at the same pace you are starting others. Too many activities at once will confuse people and you will become frustrated. Remember the convoy analogy: you can only go as fast as the slowest (but vital) member of the team.

Sustainability

Manage the present but not at the expense of the future.

Learning

Never stop learning, it prevents you from making mistakes.

If you are arrogant enough to think you know eveything then you probably don’t.

If you are complacent enough to not learn anymore you might as well roll over and die.

Credit

Be prepared to give the credit to someone else. It is often easier to get things done if you do not want to directly receive the credit for the success.
This detaches you from the idea itself and then you can be more receptive to critically evaluate ideas from other people.

Enthusiasm

Never curb the enthusiasm of others. Always take their ideas and adapt or adopt accordingly.

Remember that good ideas and enthusiam are infectious. Learn to soak up and reflect on other peoples energy levels.

This will rub off on you.

Eating elephants

This is the old metaphor for tackling a large task and dividing it into smaller pieces.

Let’s go with this metaphor and share the meal with other people. Throw in some unusual spices and generally yet to make the task interesting and interactive.

Control

Yes we all like to be in Control, but be realistic. Control what you can, be the focus of everyone’s attention, but don’t be a control freak.

Think, feel and behave as if you are in control of yourself and other people/events and you will be.

Don’t blame luck, other people or external forces for your lack of control. Live in the moment and enjoy the sense of control this brings.

Dont lose control and drift, take responsibility for your actions and remain calm and controlled.

Whenever possible, remember, too much control stunts personal (and other people’s) development.

Leadership 3

My definition is that this means helping people to realize their full potential by giving them advice from my own experiences.

Successful leaders are motivated by their desire to help and support others.

Planning

Some people hate to plan for fear of failure.

If you have a plan you know where you are going. A bad plan is better than nothing as it will lead you to a better plan.

If you have a plan, you have a benchmark for your actions. Constant review and feedback will ensure you control events and measure against pre determined factors.

You may even decide to change a good plan into an even better one,

The worst plan is no plan at all, you will just drift.