Leadership Under Pressure aka Emergency Leadership

Leadership Under Pressure aka Emergency Leadership

Leadership Under Pressure, a k a, Emergency Leadership Oct. 11, 2016 — How do you make decisions under pressure? Leadership under pressure is not analysis paralysis. How do you move from analysis to action? In emergency leadership, you have to act, and you have to remain composed under pressure to ensure you have a positive outcome, or at least to find the path to the best outcome a situation...

7 Keys to Making the Right Decision the First Time and Every Time

7 Keys to Making the Right Decision the First Time and Every Time Every entrepreneur has to be a decision-maker, even with information overload, emotional employees, angry customers and competitors hovering from every direction. Making a decision without thinking or over-thinking things to the point of no decision are both deadly in business. The challenge is to find the right balance and make good and timely decisions every...

The Rise of Data-Driven Decision Making Is Real but Uneven

The Rise of Data-Driven Decision Making Is Real but Uneven Create a FREE account to: Get eight free articles per month* Access to personalized content Save articles and create shareable folders in your personal HBR library Get 20% off your first order using code HBRORGREG3** *not including articles that are exclusively for Harvard Business Review magazine subscribers **does not...

Unprofessional People: It’s Bad Enough To Deal With People Like This, But You Certainly Don’t Want To Be One of Them.

My mama always said “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you gone get.” I probably can’t say this line with Forrest Gump southern accent but nevertheless, after almost half a century of trials and errors, I fully grasp its meaning. I also came to learn that people are like chocolates too! Regardless of their shiny wrappers, exotic toppings or luxurious brand, you never know what they are made of. I believe we can all agree that we have met at least one person that seemed flaky to us at first glance. You know the type. Others are not that obvious, seemingly rather likable. It’s bad enough to deal with people like this, but you certainly don’t want to be one of them. Pay attention to this one small trivial act for it is the biggest telltale: Not responding to email. Everyone is busy. Everyone gets lots of emails. We may at times fall short and not respond promptly (mea culpa!). A great discipline to adopt is to send at least a simple acknowledgement if you need to establish a reasonable time to respond and manage expectations. On the other end, not responding at all is as unprofessional as it gets! Not only that, but these are the 2 big take-away you are leaving the sender with:   You are unable to make a decision You engaged with friends, colleagues or other professionals on a project but then came to the realization that this is not really something you want to pursue. Be honest. Instead of avoiding it altogether, simply announce your conclusion. People will respect...