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The Art of Unmaking a Decision

The Art of Unmaking a Decision

There is an entire science behind decision making, be it in boardrooms, or bedrooms or courtrooms. So much so that Malcolm Gladwell in his book Blink even puts forward that your mind is such that it makes a decision within a blink of a second. There is obviously much analysis done on it which you can read in there, but what it doesn’t mention is what needs to be done if we want to change that decision.

Decision making skills are so important in the business world specifically, that it can make or break deals. But what if a decision is made 100% correctly for that moment, but fails to respond in the expected manner over time. Then do we still remain stuck with that decision? Why is it so hard for us to accept that if something is not working fine, it needs to be looked into and then changed for better!

What kind of courage is needed to look in the face of failure, take it in your hands and still turn it around? Decision making is a continuous process of our lives right from small things like what to have for dinner tonight to bigger questions like what field should I start my business in. But if something is decided, then why does it become like a writing on the wall for most people? Why is time being forgone if something is not working out as desired?

Is this an incentive enough to reflect you think? Does this make you feel you need to maybe revisit the things you are still holding on to, which are not really working out the way they should? Would you not be better off taking another leap of faith? If you did it then, then you can certainly do it now too.

Here are few tips on how you can unmake a decision:

  • Understand it is not working out. Get all the details in front of you and list down the pros and cons if required
  • Notify any other stakeholder in this decision making process. All the people involved or affected by it ie.
  • Make a plan B. There has to be one. Always! And it can be completely different also. But make one.
  • Act upon the plan B with constant review
  • Kick the shit out of the decision you had made previously.
  • Elaborate on this if it works out else be ready to Undecide and have a plan B again!
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