“Making decisions is one of the most important things we do as leaders. It’s funny how people can work their whole lives to achieve positions in which they influence or get to make decisions only to find it’s not always fun” — Thomas Buchholz, MD.
Dr. Buchholz is the medical director of a major cancer center on the west coast. He’s also a genius and all-round phenomenal human. My admiration for him as a person and leader knows no bounds.
Some time ago he penned a note answering the question, “How do you know if you’re making the right decisions?”
The below are his words shared here for your benefit — to help you make better decisions.
Dr. B’s Keys to Making Better Decisions:
Admit You Can’t Know Everything
Admitting you don’t always know the answer isn’t a sign of weakness and should never be a threat to your self confidence. Rather, this admission allows you to be receptive to perspectives that may differ from your original point of view.
Surround Yourself with Differing Views
Because no one has a comprehensive portfolio of expertise, it’s critical to surround yourself with highly effective people who have different opinions and complementary skill sets.
Learn from Challenging Situations
We can’t expect every decision to result in a win for all. As leaders, there are times when we’re going to feel bad about actions we take. During these times, we should focus on how to learn from that situation.
Appreciate Your Friends and Peers Who Don’t Hesitate To Tell You When You’ve Messed Up
It’s the only way you’ll grow.