IBusiness can throw up decisions that feel like life-or-death in the heat of the moment and your ability as a manager, consultant or senior staff member to deal with imposing condundrums in the business environment can shape the way your career develops. Those who hesitate on decision making or fail to take advantage of learings from previous erros will always be one step behind in the cut-throat corporate world. Making clear, timely decisions will enable your professional development to flourish and inspire those working with and under you.
Lets start with a logical process on how to make decisions that involves key elements:
Build a constructive environment.
Analyse the situation in detail.
Create good alternatives.
Identify your options.
Choose the best solution.
Assess your plan.
These actions are essential for all corporate executives and managers who are expected to carry the weight of a project or task on their shoulders. The corporate world is expecting of dilligence, ruthlessness and leadership. Its these characteristics that separates ordinary individuals from successful businesspeople.
Decisions can gow in complexity when they involve or affect fellow colleagues or partners who are also involved in the process, so it helps to create a positive working environment in which to get to grips with the situation and weigh up your options.
When you are at the helm of making a decision, you have to place trust in others to see the plan come to fruition, so it pays to know that you have their support in full. Without an infrasctuture of support, the plan fails. To earn commitment from colleagues and staff in the workplace, make sure that each individual if full understanding of the task in hand and ther role in making it happen without a hitch. Keep a clear line of communication so that everybody is able to participate and feel that they are of value to the project.
Creating a series of different options may seem to lighten your decision making process somewhat as you now have other alternatives to explore that are shown from different angles. It’s wise to seek out variety of creative thinking techniques to help you to step outside your normal patterns of thinking.
Settling on a decision is easier said tan doen, and when faced with an extensive research findings and the opinions of a group, clarity can fade away. If you have various criteria to consider, certain tools can help. A decision matrix analysis,paired comparison analysis, and decision trees are useful in these instances.
Amrop is a leading consultancy that identifies management and leaders for the corporate body, the world over. Those individuals carry the skills needed to outperform their peers, which heavily revolve around making the right decisions at the right time, based on business knowledge and well interpreted intuition.