I´d answer you: “No! Impossible!”
Decision-Making is often involved with ad hoc problems as mentioned in my blog: soft skills
It´s those moments when you can´t run away, when you can´t ask the right person because the person isn´t around now, when you experience something you´ve never experienced before and when you planned to do something specific but life suddenly asks you to ad-lib this new, unannounced situation.
BTW, bosses love it to confront the people who plan to become a leader with exactly such ad hoc situations! It literally makes them read their character, flexibility and self-honesty. It answers the question whether the person is mature yet or not. Action speaks louder than words! Here we go.
Decision-Making is involved with both: scheduled actions & ad hoc problems
Working on schedule is a kind of test and proof that you´re ready when time calls you on stage. If you work on schedule you will make sure you reach the goal. A deadline is involved, deadlines lead. Being punctual shows you lean in, it shows you´re interested and it´s commitment in action.
Punctual actions keep any process running. Processes are schduled! Any disruption or stopping involves rising costs and time delay. Being on schedule causes the opposite effect!
It´s part of Time-Managment.
How about “taking ad hoc problems” in life?
No situation is real where someone miraculously appears in front of you to warn you by saying: “stop, wait, something unexpected is now going to happen, stop and think for a moment! Then, go on.”
Oh my, that would be fun if we had a personal stage director!
What does “cut!” mean in our life when we suddenly land in an ad hoc situation that causes us problems?
Exactly, there is no STOP in our life, but the opposite: the “film” keeps going, the scene develops and we have no stage director available who manages the situation for a positive on-going. It always looks so easy in the movies, doesn´t it !?
But the viewer doesn´t get to see all those “CUT!”-moments visually, when the crew stops filming a scene and then move somewhere else to start with the next scene.
There are GAPS included!
“CUT” means “gap” – pause.
CAUTION: our eyes and ears aren´t trained to see this method.
In life, we can´t change places within a scene or move fast forward to avoid “this certain” ad hoc trouble. No. We can turn around and leave the scene, yes. We can shy away and pretend it didn´t happen….. it doesn´t solve the problem thou´.
BUT, we also have the chance to BE the stage director in person, BE the actor and BE the script writer in person! Pretty MUCH to know and handle, right?
That´s what we need to “be” and “do” at the same time when we´re confronted with an ad hoc situation which causes trouble and problems. Challenging, right?
QUESTION: How can you manage it to BE READY, one day?
ANSWER: With TRAINING!
With simple Training! You have the real life chance to train yourself to deal with ad hoc situations.
You will need some courage for real life situations or you need a stage and a team to “play”.
Playing takes longer to learn to adapt to ad hoc situations, maybe, because just “playing” is a little different from responsible acting in real life. If you´re a responsible person, this might go faster for you. Test yourself!
What´s the outcome for you?
This is what you get as a reward: staying calm and cool for a moment, thinking as a problem-solver, reaching out to the relevant information in your mind, stopping the scene (“cut!”), staying in the scene thou´ and starting to move everything on it´s ideal place, providing the ideal text (lines) so everyone can go on and avoid damage!
WHERE can you go for real life testing?
TIP: join a new club!
Take over a leadership-role real fast, maybe even try to found a new club or a charity team!
The challenge is to “work” free with people you don´t know very well, on a honorary base. People THINK differently and they also have different HOPES and EXPECTATIONS. All this is hidden…..
Training yourself with real life ad hoc situations is part of “Game Decomposition” – it´s a learning process. If you love to learn, you´ll be faster rewarded than everyone else.
BE A DECISION MAKER. BECOME OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –