The School of Life for Business

The School of Life is a global organisation helping people lead more fulfilled lives.  

We teach 20 emotional skills to help businesses thrive in the modern economy.

 

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Decisiveness - AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY OR IN-PERSON

Making good decisions is a fundamental aspect of being a trusted co-worker or an excellent leader. Yet, too often, studies show, our emotions have a huge influence over the quality of our decision-making, preventing us from making sound judgements.

In this two-hour session, we will:

• Consider the barriers to effective decision-making; including decision fatigue, fear of regret, and a lack of self-knowledge

• Uncover our personal decision-making style

• Create a plan for how we will take action following our decision and track and adjust over time

• Learn strategies for reaching sounder, wiser decisions

What characterises mastery of this skill?

Decisive employees tend to take action in a timely manner, whilst staying aware of their own influences and biases. They are willing to make sacrifices and re-evaluate decisions at a later stage. Their behaviour is characterised by strong and consistent priorities, awareness of goals and resources, and the ability to manage and correct initial mistakes.

 

What characterises a lack of this skill?

Employees lacking decisiveness have a higher risk of procrastination. Due to anxiety about the consequences of their decisions, they have difficulty prioritising or accepting trade-offs. This can lead to rushed decisions and a vicious circle of indecisiveness. The consequences within an organisation often include a decision fatigue in teams, procrastination, group think and dependence on the opinions of colleagues which increases micromanagement.

‘You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.’ — Michelle Obama

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