Decision making: Should I stay or should I go?
Last night in my little town, municipal elections brought out only about 15 percent of the town's residents to decide who the leadership will be for the next three years (for some elected positions). A few hotly contested seats went to newcomers but most went to trusted locals - incumbents or proven leaders - a "safer" decision. What's shocking is seeing the number of joke write-ins and blanks per ballot: the undecided or deferred decisions. That got me thinking: what motivates us to make a clear decision? What, when and HOW do we actually make a decision - in business, in politics, and in life?
In Daniel J. Levitin's The Organized Mind, the NYT best-selling author suggests that decision making relies on adaptability and "category management" as we manage the ever-widening bandwidth of daily information overload. A musician and author, Levitin's keen insights touch on the role of sleep, time and category management, how we spend our down-time, and even how we choose to multi-task and play with our "organized minds." Decision making for the toughest decisions - whether to have surgery, when to start your own business, and even who to vote for - requires as much organizational as it does critical thinking skills.
Let this post motivate you to make a tough decision today.