Level Up Leadership Tips Part 2 - June 2017

Posted on: June 26, 2017 10:00 am
Tags: Career, Coaching, Leadership, Level up, Management

Think about a bus. The leader should be driving the bus. Here are some helpful questions:

(1) Who is driving the bus? Who is making the decisions about vision and direction?

(2) Are people moving ahead of the bus or trying to catch up to the bus? What does that say about the speed and inclusion with which you make decisions?

(3) Do people know HOW to get on the bus? What does this say about the clarity of your decisions?

Three words are key to making great decisions. Understand how these are at work in your life and you will be a better decision maker, leading your people more clearly and efficiently.

PREVENT: What is preventing you from making a decision? Is it personal? Is it institutional? What are you avoiding? Is it office politics? Is there an atmosphere of risk-avoidance? Delaying making decisions will leave your team drifting and ineffective.

FORCE: Is something forcing you to make a decision? Is there a problem you are trying to solve or is a person (or group) pushing you to make a decision? What happens to you when you are forced to make a decision? Understanding this dynamic will help you make a wise choice.

DRIVE: What is driving you to make a decision? Will this decision change something in the office or at the institution? Other people’s agendas and desires can drive you to make a decision. This isn’t good or bad, it just is and understanding it will help you in your decision making process. Do you have a process? Do you know WHO needs to be consulted or at the table? How many people do you need to check with before making a decision?

Decision making is more consistent, doesn’t stop and doesn’t speed up too much, when there is a process. I really like the Sherpa Coaching process of Decision Making Mountain. I’d love to talk with you about it.