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Strategic Foresight: Future of a Turkey

turkey1Your Thanksgiving Day turkey takes a journey to get to your table! Many people along the way have already planned and implemented with the future in mind to make the turkey available for purchase—and then—cooks at home use strategic foresight for the advance organizing of the festive turkey meal! Consider the four day weekend associated with Thanksgiving: travel to and from a destination, the special meal, the football games, the activities on the day after Thanksgiving, and the weekend that follows. Many households plan the Thanksgiving meal weeks ahead. Agendas for visiting family and friends are carefully arranged, sometimes down to the hour. Shopping and activities entail schedules. To top it off, travel for the Sunday after Thanksgiving is declared heaviest of the year by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, with 13.7 million long-distance trips.

In the midst of most Thanksgiving plans one will find a special bird—the turkey. If one applies strategic foresight and end-visioning to the preparation of the Thanksgiving turkey, it’s sure to be a success. Furthermore, one can use this process of planning for any other aspect of the Thanksgiving festivities. Take advantage of this enthusiastic holiday planning approach to catalyze your everyday work, life and leadership, too! Here’s how…

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Decision-Making: From Fear to Hope

Decision Making: From Feat to Hope

There are two ways to approach decision-making. These two ways apply whether the decisions center on our personal well-being, the well-being of our family, or the well-being of our business. It boils down to this: we approach decisions either with fear or hope. Beginning with fear sets up a cycle of attitudes and actions that hinder an individual or a group from making great decisions. On the other hand, beginning the decision-making progress with specific hopes sets in motion attitudes and actions that lead individuals and groups to make decisions that produce extraordinary results. Unfortunately, most individuals and organizations start their decision making process from the mindset of fear. In fact, this is such a normal way of approaching decisions, that we often don’t realize that our individual and corporate attitudes and actions are expressions of our fear. Do you want to know how to move from fear to hope in decision-making? Read on!

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How Great Decisions Get Made

How Great Decisions Get Made Wow! The summer is flying past. This week we begin the third of our Three Great Books summer reading series. The book is How Great Decisions Get Made: 10 Easy Steps for Reaching Agreement on Even the Toughest Issues by Don Maruska.  This book was introduced to me when I was a part of a senior management team that used this approach in a strategic planning process. I was impressed with how this methodology helped the team make critical decisions within the space of a two-day planning retreat. Since that time, WellSpirit has incorporated this approach to decision making as one of the ways we assist our clients in making and implementing critical decisions and . . . we use it in our own business decisions as well. I was impressed with how this methodology helped our team make critical decisions within the space of a two-day planning retreat. Since that time, WellSpirit has incorporated this approach to decision making as one of the ways we assist our clients in making and implementing critical decisions and . . . we use it in our own business decisions as well.

Making Great Decisions Involves Overcoming Obstacles

Why does the organizational decision-making process often leave participants dissatisfied, disillusioned, and sometimes outright angry? Maruska observes that one doesn’t have to look far to find obstacles to making great decisions:

  • Battling egos
  • Conflicting personality or leadership styles
  • Lack of commitment and follow-through
  • Office politics
  • Knee-jerk actions
  • Seemingly irreconcilable differences
  • An atmosphere of defeatism
  • A legacy of distrust

Nevertheless, it is possible to overcome all of these obstacles with Maruska’s decision making process.

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Choice Points

Choice Points

Did you know that the average person makes up to 5,000 decisions a day? Some of these decisions are practically instinctual, while others are intentionally scrutinized. Author Suzanne Eller says, “Some of our everyday choices are random, others weighty, but many of our decisions are choice points…they lead us in one direction or another.” She points out that the direction we take can determine the eventual outcome. In other words, our reactions to people and circumstances – choice points –  can mean the difference between success and failure. Consider the following components of every choice point.

Choice Points Reflect Personal Values

What are the non-negotiable principles in your life? You live by these standards. Your own values can narrow the choices in decision-making. For example, if one of your personal values were honesty, then a decision to avoid the truth in a situation would be out of the question. Roy Disney went so far as to say, “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”

Choice Points Involve Relationships

Involve the right people. If this is a work environment, who might you collaborate with to address the issue appropriately? Asking for input from others, becoming well informed of pertinent facts, and considering different points of view are all ways of expanding your capacity to arrive at a sound decision on any matter. Remember, too, that your choices affect others. Actions and attitudes in decision-making can impact the direction of people who, in turn, may influence final results.

Choice Points Offer New Scenarios

Think a decision through to its outcome and implications. Name the steps in a decision and describe the consequences of each step. Form “If-Then” statements: “If I do this, then that will happen.” The emerging details of the “If-Then” statements clarify the results of the decision. Thinking about what a decision ultimately means for you and others will help you make the best decision. A good source for tools to aid in decision scenarios is www.mindtools.com.

Author John Maxwell encourages, “Successful leaders have the courage to take action while others hesitate.” Reflect on your values, your relationships, and the consequences of your decisions. Meet all of your choice points with confidence!

About the Author:

ReneeDr. Renée N. Hale is the President and Co-Founder of WellSpirit Consulting Group Inc. Renée Is the co-host of Leaders Alive!

Willpower: A Key to Good Decisions

Willpower

How many decisions do you make each day? According to studies of the human brain, the average adult makes over 30,000 decisions or choices daily! The choices range from almost automatic responses to conscious decisions over which one may labor. About 200 daily decisions are food related. University researcher Kathleen Vohs, PhD reports, “…simply the act of choosing can cause mental fatigue.” Studies of people who made many decisions early in the day show that the brain taxed with abundant decision-making will not perform as well in decision-making or other areas, like simple math, by the afternoon. Mental acuity will decrease until rejuvenation occurs. Nevertheless, it is unrealistic to think one can “call it a day” at noon! Even if mental ability is decreased, it’s still one’s responsibility to function for extended hours almost every day. How then can one make good choices leading to good outcomes—consistently? Willpower!

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Good Decisions: How to Make Them

Make Good Decisions

Decision-making is inevitable. Every day, everyone must make decisions. Some people make quick decisions; others slowly arrive at decisions. Decisions can involve trivial matters or life-and-death situations. Our decisions affect ourselves and affect others. Will Rogers said, “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” How can you gain the skills necessary to make the best decisions? Here are three keys for making good decisions.

Good Decisions Express Personal Values

First, know your personal values; these values will guide you in all decisions. What are the non-negotiable principles in your life?  These principles narrow the acceptable choices in decision-making. Roy Disney asserted, “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” If you deeply value honesty, deciding to avoid the truth causes personal anxiety.

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