Making Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Making decisions as a leader can be complicated. Sometimes, we try to make everyone happy. Other times, we feel constrained by time and other factors, making a decision in a vacuum. Although these are unprecedented times, decision making is a constant in all organizations and especially crucial in organizations that involve children and families. Setting intentions, establishing goals, considering equity and inclusion issues, bringing in other voices, and reflecting are all crucial elements of a strong decision-making process. 

Below are some questions to consider as you navigate this year of constant and fast-paced decision making.

  • How do I identify the decision that needs to be made?
  • Have I established my intentions and referred back to my intention as I make this decision? Your intentions may be: holding the child at the center of the work and upholding the mission of the organization.
  • What are my year-long goals and how do I align with them? 
  • How are equity and inclusion being addressed in my decision? Equity and Inclusion are a part of every decision no matter how big or how small.
  • Whom do I need to consult and bring into this decision-making process?
  • How do I know if I made an effective decision? Reflection is the key to growth. Make sure you take the time to do this last essential part. When you know better, you will do better.

How do you make decisions? What factors do you consider? What process do you use? How do you reflect on your process? Do you reflect on your process? Remember that with continued intentional practice and thoughtful reflection, there is always a steady improvement.