Yogi Berra said, “When you come to a fork in the road…take it!” Many of Mr. Berra’s amusing quotes leave us scratching our heads. The obvious question remains: which fork?
Choosing the correct or better fork is a matter of decision making. All leaders at one time or another must make a critical decision. The fork the leader chooses often determines whether the organization experiences success or not. Which fork the leader chooses determines joy or heartache, profit or loss, adds energy or takes it away. So, when little information is available how does a leader decide which fork to choose? Here are three simple but useful suggestions.
1) Use Common Sense (of which seems to be greatly lacking in many today).
2) Seek the Counsel of wise people you trust.
3) Consider the Consequences (what happens if I do, what happens if I do not?).
Decisions, decisions; a large portion of life is made of decisions. When you come to a fork in the road, do more than “take it”. Take the time to carefully consider all the information available to you, ask for help from others and call upon your life experiences and observations. And remember, leaders must also be willing to live with and take responsibility for their choices.
I wish you good leading and would enjoy hearing from you!