Extra Points: The Decision Domino Effect

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40I’m almost done listening to Walter Isaacson’s magnificent book on Benjamin Franklin. It’s an intriguing biography of a fascinating man, who ably wore many proverbial hats in his time on earth. One of them was politician; and he was a leading figure in the American Revolution.

Of interest was the fact that for a long time, Franklin did not want to split from Great Britain. He thought it foolish from many aspects, especially economically. He worked diligently for years to broker a deal with King George that would allow the colonies to govern and tax themselves and we would live happily ever after as British subjects. His efforts proved fruitless and he soon turned his full attention to leading the charge for revolution.

Which leads me to this thought: What would have happened if the opposite decision was made by King George? It’s clear that had the King agreed to Franklin’s proposal, there was little else at the time that would have spurred the colonies to rebel. It’s likely we would have been a colony to Great Britain for many more years – perhaps decades – before some other issue arose to ultimately change it. There would not have been a War of 1812; the concept of Manifest Destiny that ultimately took the country to the Pacific Ocean would likely not have occurred; and the Civil War may not have happened. The domino effect would have been significant to life as we know it.

Business owners make daily decisions on their company and people. Some decisions are major (expansion of operations), while others are more pedestrian (planning the company picnic). All decisions have consequences and results for the CEO, the company, the employees, and the client base. King George didn’t consider his decision to be of hardly any importance as he never considered the colonists would revolt.

Decision-making is both art and science. Decisions are made based on many factors, including the use of a “crystal ball.” I encourage CEOs to be swift and committed in their decisions; yet to make sure they consult others to assure they don’t spend too much time breathing their own exhaust. The smartest person in the room is usually smart enough to not act as a lone wolf. Decisions are too important and have a domino effect that involve many people and lives.

The decision is yours…

Quote of the Week:

”Patriotism is supporting your country all of the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

~ Mark Twain

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Extra Points: Flattened Squirrels

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40“Be decisive. Right or wrong. Do not hesitate. The road of life is paved with flattened squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.”

This was the “story of the week” from our legendary Rotarian, Ardis Morrow. For you squirrel lovers (and I like squirrels to, for that matter), send your complaints to Captain Jack. He doesn’t like squirrels. While meant to be humorous, the truth of the matter is that it’s pretty accurate.

Squirrels and other wildlife that trek over highways and byways and survive probably didn’t spend much time hesitating. We humans have a penchant for hesitation. We often create our own “invisible fence” that is the enemy of decisiveness. Fear of rejection; fear of failure; and fear of a multitude of things keep us in our self-created invisible fence. This becomes problematic if the fence has us confined in the middle of a highway!

Business decisions – especially in times of crisis – can easily be overwhelming. However, if properly planned in advance, they can be made with more decisiveness. While planning ahead doesn’t guarantee the right decision, it at least improves the odds. Once that decision is made, don’t hesitate and commit to accelerating through it.

Here’s the deal: Important decisions are made in business every day. Often these decisions are made in the midst of crisis and chaos. The best way to compound the issues is to stand still holding a meeting about it and wringing your hands in fear. The best way is to have identified your potential issues before they happened; considered your options; and then when faced with the decision, not worry about right or wrong, but on your ability to be a leader and resilient. That’s the best way traverse life’s constant challenges.

Quote of the Week:

”You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

~ Plato

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Extra Points – Being Decisive

Being Decisive
My daughter turns 25 years old tomorrow. A quarter of a century. That seems completely and utterly unfathomable to me. Heck, when she was born, Barb and I weren’t even that old!

I remember this day 25 years ago like it was yesterday. Mindy decided to come a couple weeks early and we had to rush to the hospital early on the 28th. Then (as many a baby does) she changed her mind. The 28th (which we assumed was going to be her birthday that morning) soon drifted into the next day. This was okay because we hadn’t thought of a name for a girl yet! We had the boy’s name from the beginning, but had not come to an agreement on a girl. We didn’t know in advance, so we were hanging on a 50-50 proposition. One hour before she arrived on the scene, we ended up making a decision, just in case it was a girl. As it turns out we chose Melinda (Mindy) and we were glad we could call her by her name right away!

Sometimes you just have to make a decision. The opportunity is either thrust at you (we thought we had more time) or you enter a place where harm to yourself or others is at stake (the federal government shutdown). You can’t delay action and decisions because you’re scared to make the wrong one. The majority of our decisions are not life and death, and if we make the wrong one, it can be fixed. More often than not, waiting makes it worse and causes more damage than if you made the wrong choice!

Waiting around is dysfunctional. Be bold. Be decisive. Take into account the information you have in front of you and make a decision. Then commit to it and move forward. You just might have a girl!

(Happy 25th Birthday to my favorite oldest daughter!)

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This week’s quote –
“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”
— C.S. Lewis

Decision Making Made Easy the Weedin Way

Weedin Place imageDecision making is always a hot topic when discussing leadership. Yes, there are many factors that go into making strategic decisions, but I would wager that over 95% of decisions we make every day as a business professional/executive and as a person can be made swiftly and simply. We just make it harder than it needs to be.

Decision making is fraught with peril when we over analyze, over think, and self edit. There are really only 3 steps according to the Weedin method to make sound decisions. Here they are…

1. Will you be better off? Will you be happier, smarter, richer, better looking, thinner, have more hair, or take strokes off your golf game? Whatever the result you want, are you better off? If this is a hard question to answer after about 60 seconds of pondering, then you simply don’t have enough information to continue going on. Note – this isn’t about ROI (yet). It is a simple yes or no question. Will your condition be improved?

2. Can you afford it? Money is always a legitimate concern, yet we often use it as an excuse to delay or send someone away because we simply don’t want something. When I say “afford,” I really mean it. Can you make this investment without potentially crippling your organization or yourself? Do you have budget for it? Even if it’s more than you thought, will you be able to sleep at night if you go forward? Money is NOT a resource issue; rather it’s a priority issue. “Can you afford it” means that you are willing to allocate money away from something else for the value received

3. Do I believe it? Is the Return on Investment real to you? Do you believe in it? This involves trust and experience in the person or organization you’re dealing with. It means that the person, service, or product has sufficient credibility for you. Not only will you be better off, but you will be exponentially better off. If I asked you to invest $100 with me and I promised you a 10 to 1 return of $1,000 in 6 months, the only way you would do that is if you had full confidence in me, my process, my product, and/or my word. I would have to be credible and you would have to believe in me.

The biggest fear that decision makers have is they will make a wrong decision. Memo…there are no guarantees in life except for taxes (even when the government is closed because they can take your money, they just can’t write you a check) and death. If you allow fear to paralyze you through the self editing and the over thinking process, the delay or lack of action have greater consequences.

Don’t make decision making harder than it needs to be. Look at my 3 steps and understand that in nearly 100% of the decisions you will make today and in the future, this process will serve you well. It doesn’t guarantee that the decision is right (that’s what hindsight is for), but it will allow you to move forward.

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