Thursday, October 20, 2011

Is the present holding back your future?



When making a decision, you have to remind yourself that it is very often about now and not so much about the future. Many would argue that we need to make a decision that will benefit the future. Of course, no dispute to that. The challenge is to recognize that a delayed decision affects the future as much as one that you feel will be the perfect decision.

How do you do that?

One, making a decision isn’t about predicting the future. Let’s face it; no one can predict the future. Your predictions are only as good as your assumptions. And we know what people say about assumptions.

So decide on the best decision now based on the information that you have. Which leads us to how much information do you need?

Two, let’s face it. You have limited time and resources. Decide on the amount of key information you need. 10 seminal research papers, 5 similar case studies and 1 consultant? OK, go through that and decide already.

Three, decide WHEN you will decide. A moving dateline is not a deadline. Given all the information you have, the experience you possess, the time you were given, what’s the best decision you will make now?

So, what will it be?

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