True intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
~ Stephen Hawking
We live in a Mach 10 world.
Knowledge is currently doubling every 12 months and according to recent IBM projections it’s soon to be doubling every 12 days.
Forbes suggests that 50% of the jobs in today’s world will be gone in 10 years or less.
Furthermore, you’ll have to reinvent yourself a minimum of 5 times over the remainder of your career.
Like it or not, you’re going to have to make reinvention, adaptation and redemption fundamental principles in both your business and your life.
Leaders make quick decisions. Amateurs want to “think about it.”
The longer you “think about it” in today’s world the more quickly you’re becoming obsolete.
With knowledge doubling every 12 months and soon to be 12 days, there’s no way you can have “all” the information necessary to make a totally informed decision.
Leaders realize they must make decisions with the information they have, while at the same time realizing that information is always incomplete.
One of the primary characteristics and
responsibilities of a leader is to make decisions.
There’s no time in this disruptive world for hesitation.
Bloomberg’s research suggests that 70% of the current leaders surveyed are “unfit to lead” in this disruptive world.
According to Bloomberg, there are many reasons why this is true; and one of the main reasons is that they don’t make decisions quickly enough.
As a leader, I can assess the information I have available (realizing it is incomplete and it’s always going to be), take bold action, and even get a result I don’t care for. Step back, analyze and adjust what I’m doing, and act again far more quickly than you can “think about it” and do nothing.
Leaders realize that they have limited information, yet they must decide with the
information available; and then reassess and adapt as necessary.
After reviewing the information currently available ask yourself these questions:
- Will this decision/action move me in the direction of my long-term vision and intention?
- Will not making this decision and taking action delay or hinder the achievement of my long-term vision and intention?
- If money were no issue would I make this decision and take action?
- Would the person I’m becoming make this decision now?
Starting from the top you continue asking the questions in order as long as you get a “yes.”
If you get a “no” at any point you bounce out of the sequence.
If you get 4 “yeses” then you must decide and act; and act boldly.
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