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Critical Decisions can be Hard to Spot

Everyone is faced with hundreds or thousands of decisions a day - what do I wear, what do I eat, do I have that second cup of coffee, etc. 

What differentiates great managers is the ability to identify the truly critical decisions and use the proper process to make a decision. It may seem like an easy thing to do, but it can be incredibly difficult. 

Sure, deciding to spend $1M sure seems like a critical decision. You want to do that well. But what about when Sr. Staff makes a decision that you disagree with - do you simply go along or do you continue to make your case?

Great managers need to spend time reflecting to be able to see clearly. In the heat of the battle, it is hard to see the bigger picture. It may be that you miss the fact the decision is critical or it may be that you make a spur of the moment decision without thinking it through.

There is no foolproof way to do this. It requires experience and diligence. One of my favorite sayings is “great judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement”.

When was the last time you stopped and thought about past decisions and really reflected on if you made the decision well?

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