Thursday, 19 March 2015

decision making process


Start with the vision. You can't make good decisions if you don't understand where you are going, says Basgall. But when you do, the way becomes clear. "I think most people would think that my decision to start a company or buy out my partner a few years ago were some of the most important ones [I've made]," he says. "But those decisions weren't major for me because they were moving me towards my vision of what things were supposed to be. They were steps along the way." The decision making process is an outgrowth of your goals.
Confirm your gut. You have your vision and you have steps to get to it; now it's time to confirm options for getting there. Which strategy is most likely to work? "I choose what I believe to be the best answer for moving forward without the limitations of reality. Then I get the data to support or negate that answer," says Basgall. "If I start with the data, I get trapped by things I could potentially change and that limits my abilities." If all signs point to yes, move; if not, develop another option.
Make mistakes small and early. In the decision making process, says Basgall, it's better "to fail small and early," rather than when you've already launched a major initiative. Taking small steps and confirming the course often are key. "Usually, you can handle or contain the risk of a choice by taking baby steps and continually confirming that you are heading in the right direction," he says.
Take decisive action. Some leaders become paralyzed by major decisions. What if they make the wrong move? Basgall believes that fear is misplaced. It's a myth, he says, "that decisions are a big thing. People think that there's a real choice involved with decision making. But, if I'm committed to a vision, I don't really have a choice. The right answer is the right answer and I have to move towards it. There really isn't a decision to be made."
Ultimately, it's about defining a clear vision for your company and moving toward it in a steady, iterative fashion. Ask yourself: Are you making progress toward your goals? If yes, keep going. If not, it's time to adapt. The most successful C-level leaders, Basgall believes, "don't allow themselves to be contained by the rules" of conventional wisdom and how things are supposed to be done.


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