"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don’t much care where--" said Alice.
"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"--so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you’re sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
- Lewis Carroll - 'Alice in Wonderland'
A good decision is one that advances me towards where I want to be.
Do I know where I want to be:
- In one second (while you're yelling at me)?
- In ten minutes (after you've stormed out)?
- In six hours (after I've read your complaint)?
- Next week (after my boss has read your complaint)?
- In six months (when my performance review is due)?
- In a year (when my daughter asks 'What do you do at work, Daddy?')
- In thirty years (when I'm dying)?
- In 200 years (when my great-great-great-great gand-daughter is researching the Family Tree)?
My boss can answer the first five.
(A good boss cares about six, seven and eight because she cares about one to five.)
Emotion may excuse the answers to one and eight.
Good decision making will answer the rest.