decision making

Anxiety and Decision Making

They are NOT a Good Pair!

This is probably a no-brainer, but unfortunately, we make decisions all the time when we are in a "state of anxiousness." Here is a short article on How Anxiety Affects Your Decision Making.

Decision Making

And How to Improve Yours

Here is a nice article with THREE main ideas in it on improving your decision making ability.

ONE: Recognzie your distortion biases.

TWO:  Accept your mistakes (don't rationalize, blameshift, etc.)

THREE:  Learn From Experience.

Check it out.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International


Lots of Little Decision Making Wears Out Your Brain

tired brain, switch taskingOne thing I learned in The Shallows by Nicolas Carr is just how much energy the brain has to expend in "SWITCH TASKING." The idea of Multi-tasking is a myth. That is not how the brain works. Instead, every time you shift focus to something different, the brain goes through a swtich, where it has to reload into operational memory, the information you need. When you shift your attention to something else, the brain goes to work, switching out ideas that are not needed and switching in what you do need for the new task.

Too much SWITCH TASKING makes your brain TIRED.

Decide Then Follow Through

It is that simple! And apparently that hard!

Here are two leadership skills that flow together, for one without the other leads to problems. Decision making and then implementation of what is decided.

Decision Making.
For some it is easy, for others it is painful. (1) It is painful when you don't know if you have all the relevant information to make a good decision. (2) It is painful when you have multiple options and they are all good ones, but now you must choose one. (3)  It is painful when you must choose and your "best choice" is risky. (4) And it is painful when you don't want to be responsible for the choice. But life, ministry and work require decisions. Good leadership requires decision making. You must learn how to make good decisions (and this is itself a large field of study with excellent resources available to leaders).

Making Bad Decisions

Here are a few stats from researcher Paul Nutt of Ohio State University. HIs research was on why business decisions fail.

One third of all failed decisions were because they were mainly driven by the promoter's ego.

Two thirds of executives never explore other options once they make up their minds on a matter.

81% of managers push their decisions through by persuasion or coercion, and not on the merit of the idea.

This of course is why Patrick Lencioni speaks of great teams being able to have fierce ideological debate on important matters. Where such debate does not exist, bad decisions are much more likely.

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