Sometimes we have to just bite the bullet and make decisions, or take actions which are the ‘least bad’ or help with damage control – and often from causes through no fault of our own.
I always find this difficult, I used to pass through the stages of burying my head in the sand, beating myself up for having judged ‘it’ wrong, feeling useless and incompetent etc… That was because I fell into the trap of believing that I had to be a) perfect, b) responsible for everything within or that happened to my business.
Thank goodness, I have now seen the light!
Damage control and ‘least bad’ decisions are still not easy but at least I now do them objectively and without adding the layers of additional stress and anxiety that I used to heap on myself.
Things happen, clients change their minds or have unforeseen events which impact their plans. People make mistakes which can have a knock-on effect and with the best will in the world we aren’t all telepathic or psychic… At least not all the time 😉
I now have changed my angle of vision when I have to make these types of decision – normally the end result actually produces a more effective stream-lined way of working. If a big contract gets cancelled and we have to rein in the budget we cut away all the non-essentials in our outgoings. We also make our time more productive and we use laser focus on where we are going to generate the most impact.
Practically speaking I analyse all the options surrounding the issue, re-evaluate the pros and cons of each, see what is the absolute minimum I need to still have to continue the project, check where there is expenditure that isn’t 100% essential and then start cutting away to end up with the slimline version that is still workable in some vastly reduced form.
In fact, when I take the decision or implement the damage control action, I look back and see that my new plan is frequently far more in line with ‘lean’ or ‘agile’ management and is actually getting me to where I want to go with less distraction, less expenditure, more effectively with higher efficiency and better results. Yes, the initial period may be a little uncomfortable, and frustrating, but I have never yet found a situation where there isn’t a silver lining!
How do you manage in those ‘bite the bullet’ situations? What do you normally feel at the beginning? How do you react? Once the initial shock and frustration is over are you able to become objective and not inaccurately continue to blame yourself or others?
What if you could create a regular system for use in these ‘least bad’ or damage control’ situations? How would it look to you? How much more positive would you feel about yourself and the issue? How much more capably would you react if you had one in place?
Might be worth considering, don’t you think?