Being over-confident may be as bad is being under-confident. Are confident employees better skilled, or simply better starters?
Analysis paralysis is sometimes feared in decision making and problem solving. The idea is, you over-analyze the situation. You review more and more data, so much so, that you fail to take any action.
Some might suggest that you lack confidence. Others might suggest that you don’t realize what will happen and that you lack appropriate knowledge or experience.
Confidence impacts what happens next. It also impacts how the story is told, if buy-in is created, and the level of resistance.
It has often been said that practice makes perfect.
In the workplace, taking initiative and springing to action will typically be more accepted, even when there is a mistake, rather than no action at all.
Some people claim that they can’t do math. So, they do the opposite, they avoid math.
Some don’t like to make decisions, start on big projects, or approach the boss with a recommendation for change.
Still others don’t want their picture taken, their memo read, or to get feedback from the boss.
Sometimes the best way to improve is to jump in and get started.
If you struggle with math, do more. When you don’t like projects or discussions with the boss maybe it would help to get more involved, not less.
Waiting will often allow for one thing.
A chance for someone else to improve and for you to get left behind.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.