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, while 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, groupthink 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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