As a leader, it is your responsibility to make good decisions. In your department or organization, you are likely called on repeatedly to evaluate and implement a variety of projects. And many of these initiatives will probably require investigation and research in order to determine alternatives and make recommendations. But exactly how much research should one do to be able to make good decisions? That is a conundrum that many leaders face.
There are certainly situations where leaders have been known to make decisions too quickly, without considering all available information. But in my experience, it is the opposite that is much more likely; in their quest for more data or analysis, the job or project is made unnecessarily difficult, and decision-making is delayed.
Don’t try to boil the ocean!
The apt metaphor in this situation is that of boiling a pot of water versus boiling the ocean. Continue reading