How to Make Tough Decisions as a Boss

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Leadership requires a lot of mental and emotional energy. You’ll be the point person for practically all the difficult decisions your company makes. You are the one who decides what happens next as you’ll be dealing with the consequences.

Bosses make quite a few tough calls. It can involve dismissing an employee with whom you have a deep personal relationship, executing a risky corporate strategy, or terminating a long-term contract.

Thankfully, there are several methods you can employ to simplify these choices—both in terms of identifying a good alternative and avoiding the pressure and difficulties that come with it. Apply any of the following strategies next time you’ve got to make a difficult decision.

Avoid Decision Fatigue

When you’re used to making back-to-back decisions, decision fatigue tends to set in. Motivational speakers note that even if little decisions are to be made, like what to eat for breakfast, you increase decision-making pressure. This, in turn, makes bigger decisions more difficult.

You can decrease this fatigue by devoting less time to minor issues. Create a consistent routine and assign others (such as your support staff or coworkers) decisions that don’t significantly affect you or your time.

Remove Yourself from the Equation

According to inspirational speakers, eliminating yourself from the equation is one of the finest decision-making methods. View everything from a third person’s perspective, and behave as if a friend owns the firm and you’re the one advising them.

Describe the event aloud as if the individuals and companies involved were strangers. How would you help a friend who was in this situation? Since the risks are lower, it’s frequently simpler to see the solution when we’re not in the scenario, but the solution is always sound.

Set a Strict Deadline

A big issue for bosses is being punctual and decisive in their judgments. Meaning they often procrastinate. This is what Parkinson’s Law showcases: it states that a task will take more time to complete than the time given for it.

If you’ve been allotted a month to decide on something, then you will leave it until the month is close to ending. Naturally, making quick decisions can have significant implications, but you also can’t postpone for too long and waste time and mental energy in the meantime.

Restrict Factors When You Make a Decision

Business speakers know that the more options you’ve got to choose from, the more difficult it is to decide, and the less content you are with your decision once you make it. That’s why these professional speakers ask you to limit your choices.

Only consider the factors that’ll make your decision-making process easier. For instance, you might choose to work with just two suppliers and opt to base your choice solely on price or the strength of your professional relationship.

Steve Gilliland is a phenomenal professional inspirational speaker who has given powerful in-person presentations on various topics like business attitude, change, leadership, and more. His Motivation Bites, blogs, and books contain insightful pieces of inspiration that’ll help you steer the wheel of change in your life. Book Steve and get in touch with this Hall of Fame Speaker today!

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