Nurturing High Impact Decision Making…


Decisions, decisions and more decisions……

Voluntarily or involuntarily, consciously or unconsciously, there are numerous decisions we make every day. Big and small, they all collectively design our lifestyle, our personal and professional relationships and pave way for our life to unfold.

The larger the decision, the more profound its impact, the more cautious we should become to think through, deliberate and finally arrive at a decision before its executed. And, the smaller decisions that do not have that much of impact, should come to us pretty naturally. 

Why do you think so?

Is it because, when impact does not have much of an influence in the larger scheme of things, we make them quickly? Or is it because we do not have to think through much when we frequently take smaller impact decisions or because, if they do go wrong, there’s not much at stake and it can be easily corrected?

Take a moment, and reflect on this.

Decisions whose impact will be felt long term, which can be far reaching for years to come and can determine the course of our own or several other lives; require in depth deliberation before they are made and it is a very unique skill, that is not much recognized. We generally tend to sweat the small stuff more. Decisions with smaller impact are what we end up wrapped in. However, there are also larger decisions with long-term impact that get made without as much deliberation on our end. That is because they are decisions that have been made, perhaps numerous times by others and each has its own impact on the decision maker’s life and yet, they are made time and over again without as much deliberation by others because they are happening all around us.

It’s also important to note that all decisions are not made with a clear view of all details influencing such decisions. Many a time, though we may strive, there is information missing that allows for a more robust decision. And yet, the decision needs to be made. The best approach to take is to review the best possible, worst possible and a mediocre result of a decision before deciding on it, knowing that it’s a decision being made in imperfect circumstances. This will allow us to review the far reaching effects of the decision and help make a choice, where we can see ourselves live with that decision falling somewhere in the band of best to worst we have created.

While decisions are made to maximize the value of what we are set out to do, over time the values may change or shift and review of such a decision may still hold its viability in this situation.

Every success, failure, opportunity availed or missed is the result of a decision made or missed.  Making decisions quickly, consistently and effectively is the cornerstone of making strides in the right direction.

Decisions, although seem to be making us resolute at the point in time they are taken, they are instrumental in shaping us into who we will be. However, is it the same as who we want to be? That’s where our cognitive skill of decision making comes into play and its uniquely you, who determines whether who you want to be and who you will be are on the same path.

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I have a stupid question…..


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You are in the conference room attending an office meeting. There is a pretty animated discussion in progress about some of the ongoing projects. Part of the stuff discussed just made it over your head. You want to ask a question but restrain while evaluating if it would make you look stupid or ignorant.

Here’s another one. You are participating in a discussion and have something to say that would add value to the conversation and perhaps, throw some new light on it. As you play it in your head before you react, the discussion has moved on or someone else has an opinion. Now, you have second thoughts about your input and decide to leave it at that.

And here’s yet another one. You are participating in a conference call. Something one of the executives said is not completely true. You believe the executive is mis-informed. You know the facts and can back them up but are contemplating whether to interject or not.

If the person in any of the above scenarios is you, you have just pushed yourself into oblivion yet again. You have unknowingly lost an opportunity to rise to the occasion and further, moved into a more obscure existence in the corporate world.

Dear friend, a majority of us have to work for a living. That’s the universal truth. Then, why not choose the work of your liking and further, perform it to its justifiable purpose and your satisfaction. Why not make it provide the best of opportunities for you while you enjoy the journey and leverage the relationships you make along the way. The most important person to please in this endeavor  is you;  the one who can make a difference in paving your professional path is you and the one who can play a role in your success or not is again, you!

So, in your own interest, never hesitate for a moment in what you believe is right. If you have input in a conversation, share. If you hear something that you do not believe matches up to facts that you can vouch for, voice your opinion. If you haven’t followed a dialogue and have a question, no matter how silly it may be, ask. Remember, when in ignorance, nothing is ever silly or stupid. You just didn’t know.

Confidence is a key player in the office arena. Not just confidence in relating what you know, but questioning what you didn’t know or do not agree with. The people you relate to are just the same as you. As long as you are respectful of your surroundings & the people that you work with, everything is game and welcome.

Frequent active communication and interaction are key, even in today’s hi-tech world.