Being courageous with your decision making is key to adaptative leadership which I have been writing about for the last couple of weeks. Easy to say, yet you and I both know that courageous decisions are full of risk and opportunity. Will it work? What will it cost me? What unforeseen problems am I creating? Yet, the need requires the risk, or the opportunity is simply too significant to pass up.
Take the manufacturers turning to supply plastic face masks with 3D printers or the ones now producing much needed medical equipment. They are practicing adaptive leadership, putting trust in their people to come up with the answers through experimentation and hard work. The risk is they may fail, making a potentially bad situation worse. The opportunity is significant. They can help save lives, and they may save their business along with countless jobs.
Courage is easy to see when people like members of our defence force or emergency services put their lives on the line for us. Fortunately, they are trained to make courageous decisions in a fast paced and often chaotic environment. They are given a simple set of rules based on years and years of experience.
For the rest of us, operating in unchartered waters, we don’t have a set of tried and tested rules. So, let me share with you these three tips on courageous decision making:
Stay safe and move quickly.
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Bryan Whitefield works with strategic leaders across all sectors to help organisations harness uncertainty – uncertainty is the strategic leader’s best friend. He is the author of DECIDE: How to Manage the Risk in Your Decision Making and Winning Conversations: How to turn red tape into blue ribbon. He is the designer of the Risk Culture: Build Your Tribe of Advocates Program for support functions and the Persuasive Adviser Program for internal advisers. Both can be booked individually or in-house. For more information about Bryan, please click here.