Based in Washington, Ross is a general manager of a food safety company. His musings explore life, work and every moment in between.

You're making a decision, not a suicide pact.

“Ross, you’re making a decision, not a suicide pact.” -Steve Good

Decisions are a big part of leadership. It is less about the quantity of decisions and more about the weight of them that can cause delay. I can overthink things. I can also take my time and come to a simple decision. And I am taking my time here to make a point.

Decisions can be changed. I have directed my team to go one way only to reverse my decision later to turn around and go the other way. I didn’t just blindly continue on my path, I changed it. So many times when we struggle to carry the burden of a decision, we think of it as something that cannot be undone, something concrete. As Steve reminded me in a dark but cheeky fashion, all but one decision can be changed.

In our pause to gather and consider all the facts, we weave a fine line between helping to create momentum for our teams (by coming to a decision) and causing delay and killing any forward movement.

So, make a decision. Can you change it later if you need to? Yes, probably.

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