Decisions, Decisions: 3 Ways to Make the Most of Each One

by Trevor Willingham, Copywriter - 10/04/16

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Every decision we make can have far-reaching impact—for better or worse. Ensure you’re utilizing good decision-making tactics to set yourself up for success.  

Even before your head lifts off the pillow, you will begin making decisions that will impact the rest of your day. In fact, some estimates claim that you’ll make around 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day.

Sure, most of these decisions are trivial: What shoes do I wear? Do I want another bite of ice cream? Is it better to use, “Sincerely” or “Best Regards” to conclude this email?

On the other hand, hospitals face increasingly tough decisions that could involve expanding into a new market, parting ways with a prominent specialist, or joining forces with a former competitor. Keep these tips in mind the next time you’re faced with a tough call.

Divide and Conquer

Decisions typically work best if they don’t fall solely on the shoulders of one person. Assigning various aspects of the decision-making process can help ensure better decisions are being made.

The Harvard Business Review suggests using the acronym RAPID—recommend, agree, perform, input, and decide—for assigning primary roles. Assign team members to these groups according to ability and personality type.

Recommend—People in this group are responsible for making a proposal and offering alternative solutions.

Agree—These team members will review any proposals and sign off on them before moving them forward through the process.

Input—Often some of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to the company, these team members are put in place to look carefully at the numbers to see if a decision is a good fit for the business.

Decide—At the end of the day, this group will have the final say in the decision that is made.

Perform—Once a decision has been finalized, this group must ensure that it is properly enacted.

Remember: No Decision Is Still a Decision

Sometimes nerves get in the way, or you may feel there still isn’t enough data to prove one choice is better than another. In situations like these, the most successful decision-makers find a way to make the best decision they can with the information they have on hand. After all, for most opportunities, the longer you wait to seize it, the smaller the return generally is.

Give an Honest Critique

After a decision has been made, don’t get discouraged if it wasn’t the best option. Own the mistake and learn from it. Tweak any assignments and do what you can to be confident when it comes time to make the next big decision.

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