People make decisions every day. We decide what clothing we will wear, what food to eat, when to get a drink of water and how much we will drink. How do you navigate tough choices?
Several family members trying to decide what they will eat for dinner can be a challenge. So can finding just the right movie to watch on Netflix. Picking the fastest moving lane in traffic without destroying your drivewise score, forget it.
In the workplace, we often must make decisions about priorities, the best person for the job, or even onboarding a new employee. Is there a perfect decision or is it about the best decision based on available choices?
If we wait, will a better choice emerge or will we start losing some of our already adequate options?
If I skip the bread at dinner, I may be able to eat a small slice of pie. Diet soda is fewer calories than regular soda, but water is the healthier choice. My car will run on 89 octane gasoline, but the manufacturer recommends using 91 minimum, what should I use?
Around the office employees have mentioned that there is just too much drama. In order to deal with it they want more pay. Should we fix our culture or silence them with more pay? What will work best? (If you don’t know the answer to this, email me for help.)
Sometimes it is hard to decide. We face tough choices. Delaying a decision can sometimes be valuable, so can a quick decision. In other cases, a decision to do nothing may be a good decision.
Waiting for the absolute, the risk free, or the one hundred percent guarantee is probably expecting too much.
We are always making choices. Keep making them. Yes, even the tough ones.
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.