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How effective is your organization at making decisions?

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 170,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each Tuesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How effective is your organization at making decisions?

  • We’re very decisive: 19.39%
  • We’re somewhat decisive: 43.43%
  • We’re not very decisive: 29.81%
  • We’re completely indecisive: 7.37%

Decisions, decisions, decisions. It’s hard to make the call. The risk of being wrong and the consequences associated with that create fear. As leaders, though, your responsibility is to make the call and take the heat as necessary. Indecision is still a decision or, as RUSH said, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” To break through the indecision, create a reminder or trigger for yourself that serves as a forcing mechanism to move you and your organization forward. Because remember, your competitors might be in the 20% of respondents to this poll who are very decisive …

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”