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Fast Decisions Chris Ruisi

What Makes a Decision Work Best? Quick Action!

As I look at the most successful clients I have worked with, the one common link between them is their ability to make timely and quick decisions even in the face of incomplete or imperfect information. They know that decisions result in action which can lead to the growth of their business. Hence, the quicker they make the decision and act on it, the faster they will be able to put their business on a growth path.

Given how quickly the competitive landscape changes, taking too long to make needed decisions can be a business killer. Some will justify their reason to decide and act slowly as their need to “get it right.” In fact, they are really showing their aversion to risk and their need to want to be perfect. Trying to be perfect is also a business killer.

When running a business, nothing is ever perfect. You collect and evaluate the information you have, come up with a plan, decide and then take action. If you make the wrong decision, you make another one to make it right. It’s that simple. There is no need to study all of the sides of a circle!

 

What Questions Chris Ruisi

What?

“What” is a very simple word, yet when used correctly can be a leader’s most effective and powerful tool. Why? Because it helps the leader get information they need to make the best decisions possible for their business, their team and their customers.

Effective leadership means knowing how to ask the right question at the right time in the right way to determine the status of your organization and to make sure your team is on the right track to accomplish its stated goals. Far too many “wanna be” leaders ask questions after the fact and generally – when things go wrong – in a confrontational way.

Here are some simple questions, using “what” that you can employ to help you effectively lead your team and help them grow and perform better. Continue reading

Making Tough Decisions Chris Ruisi

Making Tough Decisions: 6 Proven Steps

To be successful, especially in a leadership role, there will be times when you will be faced with making tough or difficult decisions that will, in many instances, also be seen as unpopular.

Some often delay making tough critical decisions on a timely basis because they fear the outcome. So, to avoid this “perceived” result, we either make a series of small and less effective decisions or we take no action hoping the matter will take care of itself. When we do this we actually do more harm because we are prolonging a bad situation and, in many cases, making it worse. This approach can be a fatal error for a business leader in situations where success sometimes hangs in the balance based on their ability to make tough decisions using not-so-perfect information.

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Three Tips To Make Better Decisions

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Nothing happens in business until a decision is made. Clearly when you can follow an effective process to reach that decision, it will show up in the results. Chris shares three steps to sharpen your decision-making skills.

 

 

 

Chris Ruisi’s “Step Up and Play Big Moments” is all about personal and business success. Chris’s goal is to offer today’s entrepreneurs, CEO’s and business leader’s practical guidance, tips, strategies and tactics that work in today’s challenging business climate. Chris brings his practical and successful experience at senior level management and Board positions to help his listeners cut through the clutter to Step Up and Play Big. Also available on iTunes.

 

 

3 Tips on How to Make Better Decisions

One of the biggest challenges that I see regularly within my coaching practice is the difficult time people experience in making decisions. Look, none of us get it right all of the time. But, that shouldn’t stop you from making the best decision you can on a timely basis. Maybe the following three steps will help you sharpen your decision making skills:

  1. Determine the Outcome You Want to Achieve – Before you decide anything, be absolutely certain what it is that YOU want to achieve. Without that clarity, I can almost guarantee that you will waste time and money, and take on more stress and frustration that you deserve. Now, you may not reach 100% certainty every time, but get yourself to whatever level it takes to be able to say to yourself, “that’s what I want.” Never – and I mean never – accept someone else’s outcome if that’s not what you want. Why? Because if it goes wrong (and it usually does) you’ll be carrying the burden of the blame.
  1. Do Your Homework – Bad decisions are made when you “shoot from the hip” or try to “wing it” with bad information or from bad advice from bad sources (people). Take as much time as practical to gather the information you need. Keep in mind that you may not have all of the time you would like. We don’t live or work in a perfect world. As such, you may have to decide using incomplete or imperfect information. Sort through what you do have, determine what is most relevant to the decision being made and do your best to work with it. Don’t allow not having all of the information you need to intimidate you; be bold and trust your judgment.
  1. Don’t Delay – It’s always better or preferred to decide sooner rather than later. Gather the information from your “homework” but don’t try to study all of the sides of a circle and paralyze yourself from taking timely action. Don’t procrastinate; a bad decision made on a timely basis is far better than no decision. Know your outcome, do your homework, decide, get on with it, and then move on to the next issue.

 

It’s Not a Perfect World, So Deal with It!

The events (and weather forecasts) around our last snow storm proved, once again, that it is not a perfect world!

Based upon the “best” information at the time, meteorologists predicted a storm of epic and dangerous proportions, and based on this “best” information (at that time), government officials responded with emergency procedures to protect life and property. These procedures resulted in the great “eggs, bread and milk” assault on supermarkets and an epic hunt for snow shovels, salt, generators and snow blowers. And for some of you, snacks and party supplies. Then, all hunkered down, we waited.

For many of us, thankfully, the worst case scenario did not materialize and then two things happened. First, everybody had French toast for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then, we unleashed a barrage of criticism on the weather folks and elected officials. Continue reading

What Makes a Decision Work Best? Quick Action!

As I look at the most successful clients I have worked with, the one common link between them is their ability to make timely – and even quick decisions – even in the face of incomplete or imperfect information. They know that decisions result in action which can lead to the growth of their business. Hence, the quicker they make the decision and act on it, the faster they will be able to put their business on a growth path.

Given how quickly the competitive landscape changes, taking too long to make needed decisions can be a business killer. Some will justify their reason to decide and act slowly as their need to “get it right”. In fact, they are really showing their aversion to risk and their need to want to be perfect. Trying to be perfect is also a business killer. Continue reading

Making Tough Decisions

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Leaders get paid to deliver the right results. In order to achieve those results, decisions have to be made. Not every decision is easy. Some are just tough and there is no way to get around them. In this podcast, Chris shares eight proven steps to follow when a problem can only be solved by making a tough, important, and usually unpopular decision.

 

 

Chris Ruisi’s “Step Up and Play Big Moments” is all about personal and business success. Chris’s goal is to offer today’s entrepreneurs, CEO’s and business leader’s practical guidance, tips, strategies and tactics that work in today’s challenging business climate. Chris brings his practical and successful experience at senior level management and Board positions to help his listeners cut through the clutter to Step Up and Play Big. Also available on iTunes.

 

 

How Do You Communicate Decisions

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In this podcast, Chris explains the seven steps to turn decisions into a productive reality within your organization. Nothing happens until a decision is made. Bad things can happen when a good decision is communicated poorly. Listen in and learn how to properly communicate your decisions.

 

 

Chris Ruisi’s “Step Up and Play Big Moments” is all about personal and business success. Chris’s goal is to offer today’s entrepreneurs, CEO’s and business leader’s practical guidance, tips, strategies and tactics that work in today’s challenging business climate. Chris brings his practical and successful experience at senior level management and Board positions to help his listeners cut through the clutter to Step Up and Play Big. Also available on iTunes.

 

 

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

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Chris shares how to approach the process of making a decision to ensure success. The fact is, nothing happens until a decision is made. Poor decisions result in mistakes and wasted time and money. Learn how to increase the odds in your favor when you make a decision that it is the right one.

 

 

Chris Ruisi’s “Step Up and Play Big Moments” is all about personal and business success. Chris’s goal is to offer today’s entrepreneurs, CEO’s and business leader’s practical guidance, tips, strategies and tactics that work in today’s challenging business climate. Chris brings his practical and successful experience at senior level management and Board positions to help his listeners cut through the clutter to Step Up and Play Big. Also available on iTunes.