Leadership / December 12th, 2016     A+ | a-

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 
Whatever the issue, the key process is the same. Here are 5 steps I have identified that can help:

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  
2.Generating Good Alternatives = Choices 
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!
3.Generating Ideas = what can be done and what cannot 
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
Summery: Keep in mind that Decisions are Not Effective Without Action Commitments. If you can’t act on your decisions, then you may waste uneccesary time. What looks good on paper or sounds good, may not work when you actually test it. If you see it doesn’t work look again. Sometime you may find that you have to change your perceptions before you can move on. 

With my best wishes for your success 

Christiane Pohl, ACC coaches and mentors senior Managers, Leaders and Business Owners on
stretching their own capabilities and the capabilities of others. She is a Board member of the
Hellenic Coaching Association responsible for Knowledge Development and Peer Coaching programs.
In addition she offers customized Mindfulness Programs for Teams and facilitates Mindfulness retreats. 
For more information on coaching programs and mindfulness programs
get in touch with Christiane@morelifemoresuccess.com

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Christiane is a certified Leadership Coach with a professional background of over 25 years in management, therapy and coaching. Christiane created More Life More Success coaching in 2008 and has been coaching Executives, Managers and Independent Business Owners ever since.