Making the Hard Decision is Easier Than You Think

I’m not sure what it is, but it seems like leaders have a hard time making hard decisions. Nothing is more frustrating than a leader or other kind of decision maker who just won’t make a decision because it’s too hard. Specifically, I want to discuss people decisions – hiring and firing.

  1. Hiring – I’ve heard that it’s best to hire slow. I agree with this statement, much to chagrin of those who are struggling finding work. The hiring process should be long. If you’re making the decision to hire someone, you really want to get to know them and make sure it’s the right choice for your company. If you’re the one getting hired, you want to make sure that the company is a right fit for you and your values. Getting to know someone or something takes time, so take your time with it.
  2. Firing (or leaving) – This is the hard part I was talking about. Sometimes it can be really easy to hire someone and then go through the honeymoon phase of a new employee or new environment, but what happens when that goes south? Just like it’s best to hire slow, it’s best to fire quickly. There are a couple reasons for this. For one, that person who seems like they’re really not all in? they’re not all in. This can deeply impact productivity and morale. Second, it’s costing you money. This is obvious. Third, you’re not doing anyone any favors. If you’re the employer, you can be responsible for causing the person to have to search for a job that better suits them; if you’re the employee, you could be making room for your replacement.

Either way, my challenge to you is to make that hard decision – people decision or otherwise.

How are you with decision making? Is it something that comes naturally? Do you feel that sometimes you can’t make a decision because of fear of the outcome?

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