Decisions

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For every complex problem, there is a simple solution . . . and it is nearly always wrong.

If you let passion inform your decisions, you’ll make good ones. – Anne Sweeney, President, The Disney Channel

I used to be indecisive; now I’m not sure. – Graffiti

Indecision is fatal. It is better to make a wrong decision than build up a habit of indecision. – Marie Beynon Ray

Good question to ask yourself: How would the person I would like to be do what I’m about to do? – Jim Cathcart

Lack of planning on your part does not necessarily mean an emergency on my part

Data! Data! Data! I cannot evaluate without it, any more than you, my dear Watson, can have bricks without clay. – Sherlock Holmes

Value-based leaders believe in democratic workplaces in which employees participate in decisions. – James O’Toole

Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader. – General George S. Patton, Jr.

There is a time for departure even when there is no certain place to go. – Tennesee Williams

Additional problems are the offspring of poor decisions.

When inquiry and advocacy are combined, the goal is no longer ‘to win the argument’, but to find the best argument. – Peter Senge

Never mistake silence for agreement.

Consensus means support derived when each person feels heard and understood. All should be satisfied that they had a chance to influence the decision and declare their willingness to support it. – Marvin Weisbord

When debate fails to occur, the solution will always be weaker than it could have been. – Thomas Isgar

Decision by non-decision means you are surrendering decision-making influence to ‘the four winds’ — chance, fate, the system, or the powers that be. – Thomas Kayser

The more equally attractive two alternatives seem, the harder it can be to choose between them – no matter that, to the same degree, the choice can only matter less. – Edward Fredkin’s Paradox

Do Something,
If It Works,
Do More Of It
If It Doesn’t,
Do Something Else.
– Franklin Roosevelt (US president)

Of all earthly creatures, humans alone have the power to choose.

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em know when to walk away, know when to run. – Kenny Rogers (lyrics from “The Gambler”)

When in doubt, ask.
When not in doubt, ask.
-If you are not in doubt, you may be kidding yourself.

Live your life with conscious choice rather than through unconscious programming. The observing consciousness is the vantage point from which we see our life from an objective point of view. Anytime you are experiencing a situation that doesn’t seem to be working for you, exercise the observing consciousness:
1. Observe your emotions; what am I feeling?
2. Observe your thoughts; what are the thoughts, judgments, attitudes or perspectives I have that are causing these emotions?
3. Look at your only options:
– change the situation
– change your thinking about the situation
– leave the situation
– stay stuck

To see your drama clearly is to be liberated from it. – Ken Keyes, Jr.

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