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You will not be a good decision maker if your goal is always to avoid losing rather than always trying to win. Nobody in his or her right mind can expect to be right 100 percent of time. Besides that, as I have already said, you donít always have to be right in order to come out an overall winners.
You canít afford to be defensive about decisions that turn out to be wrong. When you are wrong, and you will be from time to time, admit it and go on.
If you want to be a good decision-maker donít get hung up waiting for all of facts before coming to a conclusion. Satisfy your self that you understand issue and have weighed all of options. Test alternative solutions among those who know situation and will be impacted by decision. Decide. Act.
Learn to trust your intuition. Hunches are not random bolts out of blue. They are rooted in all knowledge and experience you have accumulated in general and with regard to issue at hand.
Decisions surrounding major issues should be broken into smaller, manageable parts. Take parts one at a time; come to conclusions in sequence.
Resist being pressured into making a decision before you are ready to decide and act. All problems do not require immediate answers. Sometimes issues resolve themselves or just go away.
Don't base decisions on popularity. Or on friendship.
Make Decisions To Grow
Nobody says you have to play game as decision makers. But before deciding your role, but keep in mind how real world works.
Organizations grow and profit only to extent that their managers make good decisions. Therefore, ambitious organizations need and will pay to get men and women who can make decisions. People who have that ability are in limited supply. This means there are opportunities to gain positions of leadership and earn material rewards that go to those persons who have ability and courage to make decisions.
The choice is yours. Make a decision today.
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Ramon Greenwood is former senior vice president of American Express; a professional director for various businesses; a consultant; a published author of career related books and a syndicated column. Senior career counselor for www.CommonSenseAtWork.com>