This really short article by colleague Rebecca Sutherns makes an important point. No matter how much time you take to come to a decision, the decision may still not feel right. That doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s the wrong decision, though.
That â€˜wrong feelingâ€™ is occasion for a deeper look at why it feels wrong. Is it because thereâ€™s something you forgot to take into account? Some aspect your gut recognizes but your head doesnâ€™t? Â Or is it because of your own assumptions? Does the decision grate against childhood beliefs? Are you succumbing to personal, unacknowledged biases? Is your team looking at it only from one point of view?
Donâ€™t shortchange the time it takes to make a good decision.
If you scheduled a day for a retreat, and the results feel wrong, schedule time to figure out why. You may find out that your gut is right, and you need to side-step the work you just did. You still might go with the â€˜gut feeling,â€™ and be glad of it.
BUT!Â Â Just because the conclusion you came to doesnâ€™t feel right doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s wrong. Â It meansÂ itâ€™s time to look again.
If a recent decision your team has made still feels wrong, or if you want help making decisions that feel right, please let me know.
Watch for more posts about important articles. If you see an article you think everyone should read, please send it on. Or if you want to talk about facilitation, governance or planning for your organization, Iâ€™d love to have that conversation.
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