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Leadership: Case Study on Decision-Making

August 23, 2014 3 comments

I think about the new leaders companies promote at the start of their fiscal years (or whenever such is scheduled), and in particular the challenges these new leaders have to face as part of the changes in their roles.  This brings back memories of a time when I found myself in a situation that required me to make a critical decision.

Without going into the details, I’ll just say that if the situation turned out badly, it would have impacted a lot of people.

Anyway, reflecting upon this incident as a case study, there are at least three lessons we can learn about decision-making.

1. You will never have all the information you need to make a decision – do your best to make a decision anyway, based on the best available information that you have. 

You will find yourself in many situations in work in particular and in life in general where you need to make a decision with little or even no information to work with; do your best anyway with what you have.  Being indecisive is NOT an option.  Doing nothing keeps you stuck and stagnant, and that’s the last thing you want.  

2. Don’t limit yourself to only the options available to you – be creative and open enough to see if there’s something else that can be explored.  

Just because these are the choices given to you it doesn’t mean there isn’t even the remote possibility of another option.  For every “Yes or No,” “True or False,” or “Go or No Go” out there, there is still the possibility of a “Maybe,” “Both,” or “Delay For Now,” respectively, or something else entirely for the situation. 

3. Sometimes, the best decision you can make is to ask for help. 

There is no shame in asking for help.  It takes great humility to admit when you really can’t competently and confidently decide, and so you’ll need to escalate and ask for help.  This is not a sign of weakness but of wisdom.  The last thing you want is to be the fool who thinks he knows everything and to have the consequences of foolish decisions confirm one’s idiocy in the matter.  

It’s a good lesson for people who will assume new leadership roles soon.  It’s very good for me to be reminded of the same, too.  Being able to make the right decisions is a crucial skill in life. 

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Be True to Yourself

August 23, 2014 6 comments

I’ve come to realize and appreciate the people who don’t try to change me so that I conform to a certain idea that they have of who I should be. That is the kind of respect we all deserve and should give to each other.

We spend our whole lives trying to fit in when in fact what’s really important, especially if we want to differentiate ourselves from the crowd, is to be ourselves to stand out.

We all need to live in this world together, and in the pursuit of such some measure of acceptable compromise is necessary in order for us to live in harmony.  If it’s just a “surface-level” compromise to make the relationship better then I think it’s worth it.  Conflicts and damages in relationships over petty matters are never worth it; save the battles for issues that truly matter.  After all, some level of acceptable compromise is necessary in any relationship to work (romantic, family, community, etc.).  And if the relationship is important enough then you will find a way to make it work

That being said, it’s still crucial to stand up for yourself; no one else will, and you don’t want to lose your self-respect.  Push back on those who tell you that you should be someone you’re not.  After all, you still don’t have to do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing. 

It’s critical to be true to yourself.  Being genuine is the only way to be truly happy and comfortable under your skin.  Rejoice in your sense of identity – rejoice in being you.  Besides, the hardest thing you can do is not be yourself.  The last thing you want to do is live out your life in a lie.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy