Making Decisions – Putting it All Together

We’ve spent the last couple of weeks learning about the components of good decision making, but we haven’t spent a lot of time talking about how good decision making practices benefit you as a Revolutionary Assistant.  Well, like I mentioned in our video, if you make good decisions for your manager, you’re worth your weight in gold, because you can then be trusted to take on some of your manager’s more complex tasks.

It could be that, as your decision making improves, you go from managing your own work to taking on some items that were previously managed by your manager’s direct reports.  That’s progress!  You might also snag a task from your manager here and there, and when you do those well, she gives you more to do.  Keep at it.  With every good decision, your reach expands and you become a stronger partner.

And remember that your manager isn’t immune to all those decision-making traps you can get caught in.  A strong dialogue with your manager during your status meetings can help determine if she’s making assumptions and treating them like facts, or falling prey to any of the other decision making biases.  It’s so easy to get tripped up – even the most experienced manager still appreciates checks and balances when big decisions are being made.

Finally, keep your ear to the ground and help make sure that your manager is communicating to her direct employees in a way that allows her team to make good decisions too.  Remember how the firefighters couldn’t make heads or tails of their leaders’ actions – your manager’s communication might not be a matter of life or death, but it could mean the difference between a successful project and a failure.

When all is said and done, ask your manager for feedback.  Can she give you examples of when you made good decisions, and can she point out a few bad ones?  Experience is the best teacher – it gives you a wealth of analogies on which you can rely, and reminds you where you went wrong.

Good luck, and let me know how it goes!

Next post:  Tuesday, April 3

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