As business leaders, we are confronted with a sea of decisions that have to be made on a regular basis. This article not only highlights the importance of having a decision making process that leads to thoughtful decisiveness, but also talks about how to prioritize those decisions and have a process for getting to the issues that really matter. This feels like the more important point. It is one thing to be able to be decisive. It is something different and more challenging to know which decisions to focus on versus which to table.
The most important step in unclogging decision-making bottlenecks is assigning clear roles and responsibilities. Good decision makers recognize which decisions really matter to performance. They think through who should recommend a particular path, who needs to agree, who should have input, who has ultimate responsibility for making the decision, and who is accountable for follow-through. They make the process routine. The result: better coordination and quicker response times.