People are really, really busy these days. The best and brightest workers are the busiest; the reward for great work is more work. Everyone seems so busy fighting operational fires that they have almost no time to invest in strategic decisions that will create a better future. Yet they must…
To mix in a few more metaphors, here’s a few ideas (an ounce of prevention) that could help you rid your backside of alligators by draining the swamp:
- Get help to capture a strategic decision baseline against a proven decision pattern. Use this to identify your top 10 open decisions.
- Figure out ways to get help to attack these decisions in parallel. Distribute these well-framed decisions to the lesser mortals on your team. Use proven criteria patterns to make sure they ask the right questions, but don’t nit-pick the analysis details. Become a decision manager more than a decision-maker.
- Stop writing documents. Capture the essence of your thinking in the Decision Management tool, a core capability within the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) web service. Think and capture your thinking electronically in one step. Think well, write little.
- Grow the strategic decision management capabilities of your team. There’s no other way to make a collective leap ahead without a 2, 3 or 5X improvement in these thinking skills. Don’t let your legacy be that “He/she could do it all”, but rather “He/she showed me a better way and gave me a chance to grow”.
Decision patterns are available. Easy-to-use web-based tools are available. Training is available. Consulting jump-start service packages are proven, primed and ready. So put down the hose, forget the alligators for 10 seconds and make the call!