Sit on the Rock. No Get off the Rock. Oh the life of a frog! The frog might sit there on that rock for an hour or more. Or the frog might just hop off in a new direction. How many of you have decision making issues in your life and in your career? Feel free to place your comment right now below in the comment area about it. OR maybe you will do that later. NO do it now. OR later. Just decide please!
The ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision is critical to your career advancement and your capability to handle higher functioning positions with greater responsibilities where decision making with quick analysis is part of what is expected of you. This is not about procrastination, which might be related to this topic, from my viewpoint it is a completely different subject.
What a great week to have this discussion! It is as always my hope that you will understand the point here is for you to embrace the discussion and allow it to add value to you in your career and your life. We know this Mitch. Why are you saying this in the middle of your article? It is because a rule is about to be broken. One thing always stuck in my mind, when you are meeting people or going to England or Ireland never talk about politics or religion or The Queen.
Last week Pope Francis was elected by the College of Cardinals meeting in Conclave. When first being introduced as Pope Francis, wearing white papal robes, he appeared on a rain-soaked night to the throngs shortly after being elected by cardinals in what apparently was the fifth round of voting, on the second day of the conclave.
"As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a new Bishop of Rome," he said. "It seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen one who is from faraway. But here I am. I would like to thank you for your embrace."
All over the World, 1.2 billion Catholics, as well as many others, watched and waited as this entire process was playing out on TV and the internet. The decision was made among a group of 114 Cardinals from all over the world in two days and five rounds of voting at The Vatican.
Let us now compare this result to another decision making process. Actually, a lack of a decision making process would more appropriately describe the situation. In Washington D.C. there is no agreement on a budget. There is no resolution to the sequestration.
The topic has been on the table or off the table for a few years. Yes, we are talking about years. There is no decision in sight. This article is not placing blame, or taking a political side. It is a statement of fact that no decision has been made.
In one example, we have religious leaders from all over the world who gathered together on extremely short notice, and they were able to make a decision within two days. A huge and high impact decision to say the least! In the other example, we have a group of elected officials who are not able to decide anything. This lack of a decision is creating havoc for people all over the United States and the world.
The question is now placed in front of you, is decision making a problem for you? If it is, what are you going to do about it? And when?
Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified personal and executive coach who resides in Stamford, CT.