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Making better decisions
Date Added: 17/02/2015 00:00:00
Author: Grant Morgan

"Although we appear to have free will, in fact, our choices have already been predetermined for us and we cannot change that." - Francis Crick, Neuroscientist.

In business, as in everyday life, we make thousands of decisions and if the above statement is true, our decisions are predetermined.

Are we a product of our upbringing, our learning, our social and economic status, our surroundings and the people around us? All of these factors and many more mould and influence how we see and interact with the world. Understanding ourselves and what influences us are the first steps that need to be taken to being more self-aware and confident that the decisions we make are the best ones.

The brain is the most complex organ in the body. Our brains are responsible for our decision making, predetermined or not. Given that we rely on our situations and surroundings to influence our decision making, we can over time improve particular brain functions, through training and exposure to different situations. This clearly demonstrates that our brains are adaptable and can evolve over the duration of our lifetimes.

In general, our careers evolve in line with our knowledge and understanding. Someone that has worked within a specific industry for a number of years, has been exposed to many different situations, has made the effort to ask questions and has learnt from their mistakes, will over time have adapted their decision making ability to make better and more informed predetermined decisions. This type of exposure will help develop their capability to deal with the everyday situations, although this in itself is not the recipe for success. Desire and the ability to put yourself out there, helps separate you from those around you.

During our careers, we are exposed to many different types of managers and leaders. Note, I have separated the words manager and leader. During my career I have been exposed to a number of poor managers who I would not describe as leaders. I believe that leaders should be self-critical and understand themselves, they should invest time to pass on knowledge of their experiences to those around them, they should integrate with those upon which they rely and be motivated from those that inspire them.

By taking on-board these philosophies you will be better equipped to make more informed predetermined decisions, you will have a more capable team around you and you will grow a larger more reliant sphere of influence.

Success can be infectious. Confidence, knowledge, understanding and acceptance from others breeds interest, interaction and connection. We must nurture and grow these connections in order to expand our learning, knowledge and influence. I want people to be aware of all the good decisions I make, likewise I want people to know how I deal with difficult situations, as I trust the predetermined decisions I make, as they are based on a desire to add value and to help others.

Invest some time to understand how you make decisions and it will improve the quality of your choices.

All the best

Grant Morgan

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