Stop Giving People Choices
by Coach Colle Davis
As a leader, stop giving people choices. By doing so, you will prevent them from struggling with decisions that most people are not trained to make. Instead of providing people with a choice, offer them a time frame to complete the task you want them to do.
An example: Would you prefer the chairs set up to face the left wall or the right? Better: Set up the chairs facing right before registration begins.
You are not offering them a choice.
Instead, you are giving them a task and a time frame.
The same option includes choosing a restaurant, a vacation, or a team to complete a project. Give the other person your preferred outcome and tell them to make the arrangements.
They will love you for taking away the awfulness of being forced to make a decision.
- Any decision involves suffering because it requires taking a risk.
- Risk-taking is an art form.
- Default positions are easy, and there are no decisions involved.
- Two choices mean delay, confusion, and misery.
- Three choices create a catatonic state.
The most effective leader gives directions for completing tasks that support the project:
- “This component is to be completed and signed off by next Thursday. It must be 100% completed to be checked off.”
- If it is not done, it’s not finished. No percentage is acceptable except 100% completed. The responsible party must sign off on it.
When the assignment is given, that is the time for questions.
- “How big?”
- “How many people can be assigned?”
- “What are interim guide points?”
- And any other questions needed to clarify the task to those involved.
Colle Davis, Executive Coach. For more help, encouragement, or to turbocharge your life, call or email me. I am a Senior Level Master Coach with over 30 years of helping corporate clients. Reserve your free twenty-minute Zoom call with me, and your life will never be the same. 804-467-1536 EST firstname.lastname@example.org In the meantime, stay safe and have fun.