Improve Decision Making During Uncertainty — A Skill that Matters
Simply defined, decision making is the act of selecting between two or more courses of action. We know that making sound decisions at work involves the process of identifying a decision, pulling together relevant information and stakeholders, and evaluating various options.
The goal of decision making is to achieve a certain outcome in a certain way — and both should guide your decision making process.
But What If…
Some decisions are uncomplicated and easy to arrive at. But what if you can’t gather all the relevant information, or if the desired result is not clear, or if stakeholders have conflicting agendas? How do you decide between two competing but worthy alternatives like cutting costs versus spending more time with customers?
As the complexity and stakes increase, decision making often becomes more difficult and more stressful.
And yet, organizations are encouraged to give their employees more autonomy around making decisions that bear directly on their jobs and to empower employees to contribute to decisions that will affect the workforce as a whole — both of which have a powerful impact on performance and employee engagement.
Leadership’s Role in Decision Making
We believe it is up to leaders to create the environment, build the competencies, and instill the confidence for individuals and teams to make good decisions — even when there is strategic ambiguity and the stakes are high. Leaders need to help employees make the right decisions in the right way at the right speed.
To Improve Decision-Making During Times of Uncertainty, Put First Things First
To help employees navigate toward the “right” decision, let’s begin with the basics:
The Bottom Line
In times of uncertainty especially, the decisions you make matter. How you decide in ambiguous situations or when several alternatives hold promise can have a huge impact on performance and morale. Are you doing all you can to help your employees improve their decision making capabilities?
To learn more about how managers can make better decisions, download 3 Proven Steps to Set Your Team Up to Make Better Decisions
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