4Making the Decision: Is It Yours to Make?

Here’s the first decision you have to make: Do you really have to make this decision?

Sounds like a dumb question, but it’s not! Your first task in any decision-making situation is to make certain it is your responsibility to make this decision. Sometimes we all have a tendency to rush into a situation and “fix it.” Often, that calls for some decision making. Yet, if we took the time to think about it, the situation may require a decision by someone else, not us. How to decide?

Assignment

Think about decisions that have been made in the past that clearly were made in the heat of the moment by the wrong person. Did the results turn out badly?

Start with the situation. Does it require a decision right ...

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