I met with a client today. I sat with two key decision makers in that company and talked about decision making. They shared a story about a recent decision they had made that ended up going south. It happens. You do all the preparing and all the leg-work you can. You dig and think and contemplate. You weight the pros and the cons. And you eventually come to your decision. The best decision you can make.
And still, sometimes you make the wrong decisions.
“I’m telling you that story,” said one of the people, “because I think you could have helped us in that situation. You could have helped us make a different decision. You could have saved us from the pain of that.”
Maybe I could have. I’m pretty good at saving people.
But then again, maybe I couldn’t have. I’ve made some pretty horrid decisions in the past too. Sorry, no link here for examples.
It isn’t about always making the right decision. And I think that’s the point. It’s about adjusting to the decision you’ve made. You can’t control everything. All the research in the world tells you bupkis about the future. Bottom line: you don’t know what’s coming your way. THAT’S why you have to be good at hitting curve balls. Didn’t I write about this before? Yes. I think so.