You have become a manager because of your strong leadership skills and decision-making abilities. But that doesn’t mean that every decision will be an easy one. It’s often the gray area decisions–the ones where you’ve gathered all pertinent information and examined the issue from every angle and still can’t decide on an outcome–that are the toughest decisions. When you find yourself in a situation like this, the best thing to do is go through these three steps.
Don’t Go It Alone
The hardest problems are not likely to be solved by a sudden flash of inspiration from one person. A good manager is a leader but also knows when to ask for help from others. Trust your co-workers. When considering all the different options available to you, gathering your team to help you analyze the short-term and long-term consequences can help you to arrive at a better decision. Having other people to bounce ideas off of can help you to identify situations that you may not have thought of alone or think of new solutions as a team.
We all have duties and obligations. As a manager, your obligations are to your boss and the company. At the heart of your decision should be the wellbeing of the company. Consider how your decision will affect your employees, your customers, your stakeholders, and the image of the company. You may have to step out of your comfort zone, but looking at the situation from the point of view of the people it will affect can help you to make a wise choice on even the toughest decisions.
Who are you, at the heart of your company? Will your decision uphold your core company values? Will it reinforce your company culture? If the answer is “no”, you’ll have to think hard about your decision. Sometimes the toughest decisions will go against your company values because you are upholding something you think is more important. Just remember: you’ll have to live with whatever decision you make, and if you go against your company values, you may inadvertently create other problems down the road. While you want to be accountable to your customers, it’s also important to think about what is best for your company as well.
Finally, many decisions are never made because of emotional paralysis. This usually appears as FEAR: False Expectations Appearing Real. Try to overcome your fears and remember a no decision is also a decision.
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