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Management choices

One of the key tasks as a manager is making decisions. In the mean time you have to realise that you’ll often only have 70% of the information before you have to make a decision. Sometimes you’ll have to choose the lesser of two evils. That’s why you should always make different scenarios. Whenever I face a big decision I make a ‘best’, ‘most likely’ and ‘worst’-case scenario. You could also do a SWOT analysis in which you analyze the Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat, but full and complete information will be rare. Sometimes a wrong decision is better than none at all. Experience teaches us that people often wait too long because they’re gathering information. It’s important to see that people can fail. We can at most, with a limited amount of information and time, make a decision at one point. Sometimes it proves to be a good one, sometimes bad and sometimes somewhere in between.

Always make sure that you, when you have made your choice, share them with confidence. It’s normal to feel insecure about your decisions sometimes. The best of leaders make their decisions based on intuition and facts. Next, they communicate this confidently with their people.

And last, enjoy your life and work. You’ve got only one. Do whatever you like, as well as possible and follow your heart!


By Paul Donkers

"my purpose is to help improve strategy execution, to create high performing teams and coach for effective business leaders"

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