Posts Tagged ‘decision making’

Make sure your voice is heard

Jury Selection #1

Whether or not you agree with the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial, it’s not easy making life-and-death decisions that will forever be scrutinized and second-guessed by the public. The more infamous the case, the greater the responsibility—and the potential criticism.

As another defense attorney admonished the jury during summation in a long ago show trial, “you are the only bulwark that can resist oppression in a time of public excitement. Judges cannot do it. The fathers of this country put this power in the hands of the people.” If that burden weren’t enough, the attorney went on to assure jurors the accused was “the kind of man who never fails a friend. He was loved by his followers. Open-handed, generous, a man a bookmaker would trust with a ten-thousand-dollar bet.”

No mention of whether he wore a halo.

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Making bold decisions

Silhouette of Airplane

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about decision-making. Make good decisions, take small but persistent steps in the right direction, and you can achieve amazing things. Make poor decisions, and your mountains seem to grow taller and more insurmountable each day.

Since the start of the year, I’ve been making poor decisions. Actually it’s more accurate to say I’ve been postponing decisions. But making no decision is really making a decision to do nothing—and that’s usually a poor choice. So my mountains have begun to seem … immovable.

Fortunately, those mountains are uniquely mine, and the only person my idleness has hurt is me. Now that I’ve chosen to do something, I can simply move forward with no real harm done.

But what if other lives were in the balance? What if your failure to act could cause irreparable harm?

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Tackling problems head-on

View of Earth from Apollo 13

You’ve probably heard the line from the movie Apollo 13: “Houston, we have a problem.” Tom Hanks, playing Commander Jim Lovell, was informing Mission Control about a catastrophic failure aboard the space craft. The film is based on actual events, and “the” catastrophic failure turned out to be a series of challenges that threatened to leave three astronauts stranded in space.

Faced with these challenges, the real-life astronauts and ground-control experts could have thrown up their hands at the unfairness of life, decided the problems were insurmountable, become overwhelmed and panicked, focused on their inadequacies, or gotten caught up in any of the dozens of excuses we all use for failing to work our problems. Instead, they maintained their focus and pulled off a miraculous save.

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Sharpen decision-making skills

Green Apple with a Question Mark Painted on It

Finished with your holiday shopping? How did it go? Did you spend a lot of time second-guessing yourself? Calling friends, your spouse, your parents and asking them to validate your choices or help you make a decision? Do you sometimes wish you were one of those people who seem easily able to decide for themselves?

Then why don’t you try to become one of those people?

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How to say no in 4 easy steps

Member of the Land Police Post Holding Up a Stop Sign

In the musical Oklahoma! the character Ado Annie laments how she’s “just a girl who cain’t say no.” Of course, Ado Annie only has that problem with “fellers” who get flirty and talk “purty.” She may be a little scandalous for her time, but you get the feeling Ado Annie doesn’t really regret being one to “never make a complaint ’til it’s too late for restraint.”

Too bad that can’t be said of the rest of us.

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