Decision Making

4 Dos and Don’ts of Decision Making

April 26, 2017
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Indecision is better than risking the wrong decision, right? Well, if you’re dismantling a bomb or performing brain surgery, maybe. But, in the day-to-day of business, there are few upsides to dragging out your decision.

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Delayed Reaction

August 9, 2016
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Each month several leaders within our organization get together to learn about and discuss a different leadership-related topic. This month our conversation veered to how quickly we respond to the needs of our team, and one leader volunteered to share a self-admitted failure when she took too long to take action on behalf of one […]

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9 Actions for Increasing Your Discernment

January 28, 2016
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Discernment: a beautiful gift that can bring value to so many in our wake! But what exactly is discernment? We’ve all heard leadership experts talk a lot about knowledge and wisdom, but we seldom discuss the value of discernment. I think it’s because it so hard to explain, figure out and teach… if it can […]

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The Difference Between Being Consistent and Being Fair

January 5, 2016
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I had a great discussion with one of my leaders in her growth review a couple weeks ago. She told me she wanted to get better in her consistency, that is, she wanted to be sure she was treating the employees she was leading equally. It turns out that what she was referring to was […]

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5 Causes of Dysfunctional Thinking

September 28, 2015
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This week I encountered a situation that got me thinking on the topic of dysfunctional thinking. What is it, and what causes it? We all have good intentions, but sometimes it’s our good intentions that prevent us from speaking up, educating others, debating, or making the best decision. Here five challenges that can lead to […]

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Lead from the Core

September 18, 2015
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For some, leading others comes naturally. For others, it’s something we have to intentionally work at. Regardless of how you’ve come to lead others, leading must come from your core. In a recent one-on-one with an emerging leader, I questioned her on a decision that she made that wasn’t to my liking. Her response was, […]

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Three More Areas Where Consistency Really Matters

September 14, 2015
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Last week I blogged on what our inconsistencies really say about us. While our own perspective might just be that we’re a big flighty or crazy busy, our teammates might see us as undependable or worse, untrustworthy. I also linked to a post I wrote a few years ago where I highlighted four areas that […]

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What Your Inconsistency Says About You

September 10, 2015
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In our typically hectic lives, consistency often seems like an admirable but unrealistic character trait. Sure, we grin at the endearing consistency of generations before us. My grandparents were of a generation that you could set your watch by! But in today’s world? Nah! Consistency simply isn’t realistic! Or is it?

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Four Ways to Empower Teammates to Make Decisions

August 26, 2015
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Teammates who aren’t empowered to make even the smallest decisions feel stifled and micromanaged. Yet many leaders don’t trust their teammates to make good decisions. So, where’s the balance? If you struggle with empowering others, I want to challenge you to both push and pull your teammates with making decisions. Here are four tips that […]

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Don’t Stop Thinking

July 24, 2015
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There are so many things that technology has made easier nowadays, and sometimes I wonder if it’s made us a little lazy too. Not intentionally “I just want to lay on the couch and watch TV all day” lazy, but the kind of laziness that you don’t even realize has crept up on you, especially […]

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