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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.

 

 

Get Past The Emotions

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Problems also involve emotions and frustration. To succeed, you have to get past the emotion to get to the solution. Chris discusses taking the right action to solve problems instead of getting bogged down and distracted by and with negative emotions.

 

 

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.

 

 

Get Past the Emotion to Get to the Solution

At any point in time, we find ourselves having to deal with a variety of problems. Some are big; others are small. Some we create and others land in our lap as a result someone else’s actions (or lack of actions). Some are valid while others are just unnecessary distractions. Regardless of how it is described, in almost all of the problems we encounter, we are paid to solve them.

To effectively solve a problem, you have to have a clear understanding of its cause and impact. However, many of you spend way too much time and energy focusing on just the problem – its cause and its impact – and not enough time and emotion on taking action to get to the solution. In essence, many find themselves “obsessing” about the problem leading to detrimental results for the individual and their organization. It’s almost like digging a hole and pulling the dirt back in on top of you. Your frustration, stress and negative emotions grow unchecked. As this occurs, you basically eliminate any chance you might have to get past the clutter to find a way forward to a solution.

So, what’s the lesson? Problems need to be solved. And the solution starts with some type of action. In fact, in most cases, any initial action will do. Maybe it’s small and directed at one aspect of the problem. Nevertheless it’s action that will help you take your mind off of the negative emotions or frustration building within in you.

Look for something to act on that would be a simple clear “win” or positive step forward. If you follow this simple process, your confidence will grow, your focus will become clearer and you’ll be motivated to take the necessary additional actions until the problem is solved.

Bottom-line: when it comes to eliminating the negative effects of emotions associated with confronting and solving problems, replace the negative focus with an orientation towards action – one small step at a time.

 

It’s All About Problem Solving

Leaders who “Step Up and Play Big” know that problem solving comes with the territory. In fact, whenever you solve a problem, you earn the right to solve a more difficult one in the future and so on and so on.

Working our way through the problem solving maze is how we grow (as a leader); develop new skills and enhance existing ones. However, being known as a leader who solves problems is directly related to the process we follow from problem identification right through to its correct solution – in the most efficient manner. Some have a “wing it” approach to problem solving and make it up as they go. The results often (unfortunately) speak for themselves. Others follow a well defined (not necessarily complicated) process on a consistent, persistent and systematic basis. And yes, the results speak for themselves. What’s your process and is it getting the results you want or need?

Quote – “Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them” – Henry Ford