Part 2 of 2: On coaching to make big decisions …. If you missed the part 1 post, click here — you’ll read the coaching questions which led me to these answers.
And so here, I share with you my personal list of “filters” –my decision criteria.
After I’ve gone through these, I sit back and reflect, because a checklist is never enough. Thinking and integrating still has to happen. Considering the answers altogether helps me next.
Business — Big decisions filter – when to reach out:
- For on the spot decisions requested: slow down the process. “Let’s discuss all angles – what do we need here, all of us?” Or take it away to think about when I have more focused time.
- If the dollar amount feels high.
- If the commitment may take up personal time (balance).
- If it would be a new, regular commitment (long term view of value)
- If it is or feels out of my comfort zone — Never done before (or have I !? Sometimes I think I haven’t but I have.)
Decision criteria –Here’s where I start:
- Time commitment. Does anything else go away in this time period to allow space for this?
- What’s the possible revenue? Or what’s the expense involved (to compare with value)?
- If it’s a class or some other learning opportunity, how will I apply what I learn. (I could be a full time student, so I have to watch the balance here.)
- Which current or future business goals does this support & how?
- Can I use this near term on a specific project? If for the future, can I do it then, closer to when I’ll need it instead?
- Does this move the ball down the field? Worth giving up something short term for where I want to end up?
- Does this play to my strengths? Can I do my best work, what I’m passionate about?
- Can I learn something about myself?
- And now, Sue: have you asked for what YOU need? Or are you simply responding to what’s been put in front of you.
- Still not ready to decide? Then how could you change the game to get more of what you need.
I hope this will help you, if you get stuck on making big decisions or if you’ve been curious about how the organizer-coaching process could work for you.
Here’s to great decisions – or ones we learn from !