The Buck Stops Here

The day you step into a leadership position, the days of being weak and timid are over.  You forfeit your right to have a bad day, or to put your personal interests ahead of those whom your serve.  The larger your dream, the larger the challenges heading your way and the bigger the implications of your decisions become.  

George Patton said, "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week."  

This means that as a leader, it is better to make a decision today than wait until tomorrow.  Your business, your family, your team and your future is paralyzed when you are.  You put your dreams in jeopardy when you are indecisive.  Dave Ramsey has come up with an Entreleadership checklist to help drive indecision from your life.  He first identified what causes it, so that you can overcome it.  The list is as follows:

1) You must make a decision in spite of fear.  Les Brown said, "Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears."

2) Criticism comes with the territory so expect it and overcome it.  Aristotle said, "There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."

3) Being actively passive is ok if a decision needs to wait. Deciding to wait is a decision.  

4) Take time equal to the size of the decision; a big decision takes more time -- at least a nights sleep to make sure all emotions are settled. 

5) If you are having trouble making a decision, set a self imposed deadline.  Such as next Friday or the end of the month. 

6) Lots of options are always best.  The more options you consider, the better the chance that you select the right one.  

7) Whoever has the most information makes the best decisions.  Titus said, "We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them."

8) Make sure your decisions match with your stated values. 

9) When a decision is bogging you down, break it down into smaller bites.  Instead of tackling the whole thing at once, start with the first and most obvious piece and go from there.  

10) Make sure to fully consider the financial implications of your decision.  You should never make a decision where the worst case scenario is unacceptable. 

11) Consults experts on the subject. Proverbs 11:14, "In the multitude of counsel there is safety."

12) Ask your spouse.  Proverbs 31, "Who can find a virtuous wife?  For her worth is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband safely trusts her, so he will have no lack of gain."

13) Write yourself a report if all else fails. This will force you to organize your thoughts and judge whether or not your rationale makes sense. 

Harry Truman used to say that he wanted nothing but one armed advisors because all he ever heard was, "On one hand we can do this, but on the other hand we could do that."  The one who makes sound and wise decisions always becomes the leader.  As Harry always said, "The Buck Stops Here!"

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