Sound Business Decisions Today Shape Future Success

When you make decisions, do you take time to consider their impact on next month or next year? Decisions should contribute to actions that lead to strong results in your strategic business plan. In turn, your strategic plan should materialize your mission and vision. 

Do you consider the pros and cons each decision has on your company? And do you take time to think through decisions, and the impact they have now and in the future? 

Change is constant in your internal and external environment, and you have to be intentional to stay ahead of both. 

Business leadership has so many facets to it, and short term hits are sometimes long-term misses!

For business leaders, I know it feels like a balancing act as you do short and long term planning. It’s hard to slow down and thoroughly assess. I want to remind you, though, not only big decisions, but small decisions too, are important, solid building blocks. Each productive, well-thought-out decision adds strength to the overall business foundation you are investing so much to create. With clear, purposeful decisions, team alignment and soaring performance is the result.   

Well thought out decisions, implemented one-by-one, provide a reliable structure for achieving your goals. All decisions need to be in line with strategic planning and company values. Think about some of the smaller decisions you’ve made that have had an accumulative and positive influence on your company culture and outcomes. Their importance might come as a surprise to you. 

When I was talking with a client today, it struck me how everyone needs to be reminded that short-term decisions have long-term impact—whether good or bad. You may be more in the habit of thinking about this in your personal life. If so, I suggest you carry the same type of consciousness about how today’s decision affects your future business too.   

Decisions and problem-solving need to be talked through with all of your team to develop the best plans for the future. And high impact decisions require you to pause and slow down, especially if you have a tendency to jump into new actions too quickly. You can avoid making rash or reactive decisions when you make slower decision-making a practice. Even sleeping on it helps. With a refreshed mind, revisit the decision-making process the next day. 

Even though you, nor anyone else, can know exactly how things may turn out from a decision, still, ask yourself these things: How do I think this decision will influence, or build on, or help us stand out in the marketplace, or help us focus more intentionally on our longer term goals? 

No matter your role, consider the impact of your decisions. 

Do your decisions align and contribute to growth in these four areas of your company? 

  • Strategic goals that are already in place.
  • Financial goals that assure long term success.
  • Priorities and values that create a trusted reputation. 
  • Internal improvements and business environment/culture where ‘A’ Players want to work.

Of course, none of us know exactly how every decision is going to turn out. Right? However, a commitment to give your decisions the time for sound thinking as you assess the information you have today is a great start. And then, taking it a step further, anticipate how this will play out in the future. From there, align thinking, communications, and cross-functional actions for the team. 

Sound Business Decisions Today Shape Future Success - Long-term vision - Leading Edge Teams

At Leading Edge Teams, we often talk about how to lead change. With everything going on and the complexities in business today, stay grounded in self-leadership. It’s a given that to be innovative and projecting ahead has a degree of uncertainty. You aren’t alone. So, just how do leaders set themselves up for success in the long term?

Here are a few suggestions: 
  • A best practice is to be sure you've done strategizing on how you want the bigger picture to specifically play out—specifically define the long-term expectations with your team. 
  • Put your strategic plan in writing as a reminder and compass. 
  • Decisions need to contribute value. Know what they help create and where they will take the company today and tomorrow. 
  • Always keep the outcome in mind. It’s your anchor.
  • Be sure your team knows all that you know, so they can contribute critical thinking to decisions and planning. 
  • You and your people/team need to continue assessing decisions 12 to 18 months ahead. Then, continue out even further, to the three to five-year mark, too! 
  • To avoid long-term misses, think decisions through, well into the future. Be specific with your important cross-functional discussions with the team. Welcome candid concerns and questions. 
These things contribute to good team discussions and decision making: 
  • What is working well? Share major accomplishments and wins.
  • How are top priorities moving forward that build on achieving our strategic plans.
  • What new project or goal is on the table for discussion?
  • Are there areas that need major and cross-functional problem-solving? 
  • Is there confusion or communication needs regarding this decision or goal?
  • Confirm decisions with the team, recap for clarity, and specify next steps.  

So today, take a minute, see what your decision looks like when you play it forward. This will give you a strong indication about the impact of this decision. Keep that in mind. It’s a great habit to practice. 

This practice is simple enough to set it in motion by saying to the team, “Let's play this forward for a minute. What is the impact this decision will make on (X) next month, next year, in three years?” Playing it forward is your clue code!

Barbara Schindler
Executive Coach, Entrepreneurial Consultant, COO Leading Edge Teams

Defining individual skills and team goals to challenge the norms and stretch imaginations.

Besides decades of diverse business experience, Barbara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Behavior and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ryokan College, as well as a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She delights in seeing her clients fully experience their unique business leadership talents as they step up to the next level professionally and personally.

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