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A Guide to Decision Making for the Boss Who Doesn't Know Everything
As the boss of your business, you shoulder all the responsibility. That knowledge can be a tremendous source of pride and accomplishment for its success. It can also be a huge burden for what it requires of the one in charge. When that one is you, you face a daily barrage of decisions, big and small. The truth is, however, being the boss doesn’t magically imbue you with the ability to competently make all those decisions. Delegating decisions of lower importance to trusted staff members is smart management. But when faced with significant decisions, what’s an uncertain boss to do? Here’s some guidance to executive decision-making, done right:
Be honest with yourself and others about what you don’t know
No one knows everything. As sobering as that may be to the ears of a dynamic, successful business owner, it’s the truth. Your strengths are what got to your position of influence; hopefully one of those strengths is the ability to recognize your shortcomings.
Don’t hesitate to admit at some point that you simply don’t know or are unsure as to how to proceed. There’s no shame in that - only humanity. Once you recognize that you lack knowledge, expertise or experience, you can seek it out from others.
Determine where to get help - and reach out
Once you acknowledge that you feel unprepared to make a particular decision, there are a number of sources of information to assist you, including:
Once you’ve determined where to try to get the decision-making help you seek, reach out for it! Compile a list of questions that you have and issues about which you are uncertain. Then, make the call, attend the meeting, set the appointment - whatever it takes to get those issues resolved so making the decision isn’t unduly delayed.
Few decisions are carved in stone
Even when you make every effort to inform your decisions with wisdom, knowledge and insight, you may make the wrong one. After all, most decisions come down to a matter of subjective judgment. Circumstances change, as does one’s thinking on certain issues. Remember, as the boss, you get to change your mind if a decision you make turns out to be a less-than-ideal one, or has a different result than anticipated. Admit your mistake, rectify any problems caused by it, and move on. Better to own up to it than make anyone suffer under the influence of a mistake in judgment.
Decisions may not come automatically to you just because you’re the boss - but by seeking out help from those in the know and consensus from your team, you’ll be empowered decide with authority.
Where do you go for decision-making help?
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