In times of permanent change we need to take a lot of decisions!
And it becomes impossible to be best prepared on your own. So what can you do to reduce the pressure? How can you throw away the needless decision pressure you carry around?
Here´s one option: simply delegate some parts of the whole decision process! To do so, you need to know the single parts or chunks. Let´s take a look at the basics, the 8 Component Model:
1. The problem = the challenge you face, or the motivation for change (fix)
2. The goal (fix)
3. The alternatives –> allow room for coincidence (variables)
4. All consequences (info gathering)
6. Insecurities (hidden infos) 7. Risik tolerance (how much can you afford?)
8. Aligned decisions
You may give away some tasks in chunks to a few employees: allow someone to gather all the involved insecurities. Allow someone to gather the potential risks. Someone may note the trade-offs you need to consider. Your assistant may note the consequences and up-date the complete info of all at 1 sheet. You may keep the challenge of thinking about the course of development and all aligned decisions.
HINT – HINT – Permanently communicate the goal you plan to reach! This is the most important step if you plan something new long-termly or change the old course of direction. If you follow this put-in-chunks process and delegate it to your team, you simply throw away the needless decision pressure.
Keep your life simple!
In case you plan to start a new company (Start-up) instead of adding a new product to a new department and you want to make a decision for this goal, prepare yourself:
- One employee may ask your long-term customers about how they think when purchasing this product from a new company – will they trust this new start-up? Do THEY sense any risk?
- Another employee may check-out the competition and maybe ask their buyers what they think of it and how they use it. Is there any BIG risk for you to start this new business additionally?
- And what about the trade-offs you actively produce with this start-up? Will your current business suffer when you work on building a new company or will it rather go hand in hand and thrive?
- Will you be forced let go of some great employees to offer them new jobs in the new company? Do you think they´ll accept? Will you need to hire new staff for the existing business?
- With new decisions, there´s lots of tactical chunks and lots of strategic thinking involved. You need to gather as much information as possible. Delegate it, involve your staff, it makes them feel important.
Take the pressure off your shoulders. Keep your brain free and flexible to take the decision quick and secure. Reduce the complexity to gain the competitive advantage!
BE A DECISION MAKER. BE OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –