Aug 04 2009

A Simple Approach to Decisions

Published by at 10:31 am under Personal Development

Everybody makes decisions.

Even the decision not to decide is itself a decision!

It can be a tough place sometimes, particularly when we cannot forsee the consequences of our decisions in the longer term.

Suzy Welch has recently written a book: “10-10-10 a Life Transforming Idea” that helps us to see more clearly the impact of any decisions we make. It’s not so much a book on time management as deciding how to use your life.

10-10-10 is a particular way of approaching decisions that don’t have a simple yes/no answer and asking about the possible consequences of your decision in the next 10 minutes, 10 months or even 10 years. At the heart of your decision are your authentic values — how you want to live, who you want to be, and who you want to spend time with. Putting together your options and your values like this, allows you to make decisions that put you at cause, in control of your life rather than a victim of circumstance.

Suzy explains that she came up with this idea after a particularly bad time management decision “I was on assignment to speak to some insurance executives in Hawaii. I was living in Boston, it was a big long trip, and in a lame attempt to crack the code of work-life balance I brought two of my children. It was an unmitigated disaster. It came to a climax when I warehoused my kids at a hula dance class during my speech and they charged in wearing their hula skirts. I thought to myself, Something has to change. About 24 hours later, this came to me.

If you want to have a look at the book or the audio version:

Maybe you’ve read this already – what do you think? Do let me know!


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