All talk and little action? Good ideas, but few results? Or not the results that you are wishing for?
What is the reason? Maybe a lack of clarity, vision and commitment to action?
Of course making things happen takes more than just desire. It takes commitment to action. The most common challenge with turning decisions into action that I observe when coaching Leaders, lies in gaining a clear understanding of what needs to be done and who should do it.
“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” — Tony Robbins
How to best tackle the issue? Turning decisions into effective actions requires reflection, identifying talents and thoughtful work assignments. Whatever you want to change, influence or achieve you will need to clearly identify
- the choices available to you
- the talent available to you - who can do what
- what can be done and what cannot
- the time frame for each step
1.Starting the Process:
- Establish the objective - Define what you want to achieve.
- Agree on the process - Know how the final decision will be made, including whether it will be an individual or a team-based decision.
- Make sure you're asking the right question – Spend time asking yourself what is the true issue and goal
- Identify the Talent available to you
This step is still critical to making an effective decision. The more good options you consider, the more comprehensive your final decision will be.
- When you generate alternatives, you force yourself to dig deeper, and look at the problem from different angles.
- If you use the mindset ‘there must be other solutions out there,' you're more likely to make the best decision possible.
- If you don't have reasonable alternatives, then there's really not much of a decision to make!
Ask your team to participate and provide input. Keep an open mind and explore all the possible choices and consequences. It helps to mind map.
4.Choosing the Best Option
After you have evaluated the options choose between them. The choice may be obvious.
5. Turning decisions into action commitments
Actions speak louder than words. Knowing what to do is not the same as doing what you know.
- What action has to be taken and who has to take it?
- What does the action have to be so that the people who have to do it can do it?
That also includes YOU.
- Get the right people for the actions.
- Support the action people and follow up
With my best wishes for your success