Agility and Decision-Making

Are you confident about the decisions you make?

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Angela Raub, CEO and president of Leadercast, discusses agility and uncertainty as they relate to the decision-making process. 

“Decision-making in this day and age, as agile as we all need to be, can tend to make someone in their decision-making process feel unsure,” shares Angela. “Cultures are taking huge hits because of people feeling so unsure. If your people don't trust you whether you're 10 people, 19 people or 14,000, you have a problem and, eventually, you will have leak of culture that will eventually lead to leak of profit.”

Watch the video to learn why leaders should slow down in their decision-making despite the pace of the workplace today.

Agility is… it's interesting in this day and age. It's the ability for us to make change quickly whether it's change of our decision, change in how we function in our roles, change in our budgets. Decision-making in this day and age, as agile as we all need to be, can tend to make someone in their decision-making process feel unsure.

I think that what I've seen in companies in particular and with leadership is with that self-doubt is you elongate tougher decisions, and that can certainly affect an organization both financially but most importantly culturally and I truly believe that that's where we're seeing people really struggle. Cultures are taking huge hits because of people feeling so unsure because if your people don't trust you whether you're 10 people, 19 people or 14,000, you have a problem and eventually you will have leak of culture that will eventually lead to leak of profit.

It's important that we take moments to just slow down as we're not only experiencing the change as we're making those changes as the leader or making those decisions for change, but to really assess before we act and take a moment to pause. Making decisions that can tend to be difficult, some of the first steps that I will go through in my head is I always look at situations as an equation and so I weight each letter in that equation as far as how does it affect the organization holistically, how does it affect it departmentally and then, let's be honest, how does it affect the people that I'm making that decision for? It could be a positive or a negative effect for them.

So I truly tell people to look at it and assess all the risk prior to doing so even though as organizations are moving so quickly and we need to make decisions quickly, we also need to slow down a bit and really look at how can it affect the organization and the individuals. I'm always talking to our teams about agility and how important it is to think before we act quickly and that we still need to put time into the thought and risk management of the decisions that we make.
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Angela Raub

Angela Raub is CEO and president of Leadercast, a global pioneer in leadership development dedicated to filling the world with leaders worth following. Angela previously served Leadercast as chief sales officer, overseeing all aspects...

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