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If you are feeling the effects of chronic pandemic fatigue, you are not alone. Yet, as a leader, you can’t afford it. Your role calls for you to be fresh and alert, with answers that respond to the immediate and support the future.

Samantha recognized her team’s ability to make decisions together had eroded over time.

“We need a total reboot when it comes to our decision-making process,” she said. “How do I go about that?”

“Decision-making is critical and especially now that uncharted territory becomes the norm,” I said. “You are in the same boat as a lot of other excellent leaders.”

I told her we’d start with a basic framework for making sound decisions along with some additional things to think about at each step.

Keys to sound decision-making

Identify the issue. This sounds simple, yet many mistakenly pinpoint the problem they see as the issue that needs fixing.

What’s the difference? You may receive reports that your call center or area that supports customer inquiries cannot handle incoming calls. But is it the employees’ abilities, the process they use, or the system that supports their area? In my work with leaders, I often hear, “They just need to learn how to work faster.” This may be true in some cases.

However, I find that most employees want to do well, and it can be instead that the process they are asked to use or the system that supports the department is at fault. Be sure to analyze the problem that is in front of you to see if there is a root cause or issue that needs to be remedied. Otherwise, you will spend time and energy on something that will continue to erupt.

Identify and include key stakeholders in your discussions. Who needs to be involved? Classically, the executive team or leader and group for the immediate area will assemble to discuss and decide on solutions.

A great deal of valuable input is missed if we don’t ask the question, “Who will be affected by the decision in front of you?” and then involve representatives from that area to take place in the discussions. Once you include voices from those who will be impacted, you can gather a lot of key information that will help you avoid and redirect potential problems coming from the solution!

Make a real decision. Once you have identified the issue and assembled key stakeholders around the table, make sure you don’t wind up suffering from normalcy bias or, “the ostrich effect.” Normalcy bias says we will avoid the problem by ignoring it. If you have left a meeting without having made a decision toward a next step, your team is reflecting normalcy bias.

This often occurs because people do not want to have tough conversations needing to occur. If you feel your team is waffling on a decision, ask yourself what conversation needs to take place in order to move forward.

Play out the scenarios to assess the potential impact. Take the short list of solutions and outline how each of them would play out. Whom and what would they affect? How? Can you measure or quantify this? What would wins entail? Losses? Be sure you tease out the impact of each so that you are ready to take responsibility for the outcomes.

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