Decision making and cutting through the mess

A lot of people love making decisions. They find the noise of the world confusing, they have a clear goal and want to start moving towards it, and decisions are a clear step for that. A decision cuts a neat and clear path through the messy undergrowth, sends a signal through the noise and lays out clearly what needs to happen next (and why).

And all of a sudden, the fog lifts, breathing room, the beauty of simplicity – and you can get on with things, enroll help, take clear steps to delegate and you can communicate clear trade-offs when the going gets rough.  The downside is you might sometimes close the space off too quickly and miss out on attractive options that were one step away before you shut things down in your striving for clarity quickly rather than waiting out the muddle for a bit longer.

…wait — did you not just write the exact opposite about decision-making last week?

Yes I did. Here is the twin post on “decision making and fencing in the infinite”

So, if you are confused now, that is a good thing, actually, although it might be uncomfortable. Both sides are true, and you might gravitate more towards one versus the other, and the respective other one might drive you crazy. And if you and your boss, or you and the members of your project team are on different planes of existence when it comes to decisions, this might be well worth a conversation in a quiet moment. There is no one right way to do this, but it helps to know where your preferences are so we can sit with our own and each other’s discomfort as we work out a more optimal decision together.

What do decisions feel like for you? And how do you feel when faced with the opposite? 


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