Knowing without knowing how you know: Intuition. Our own sixth sense is hugely valuable for helping us to make better decisions about everything we do in life and business.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.
– Albert Einstein
Question: What’s more important? Urgent tasks or important tasks? Recently, I had a thought provoking discussion with a business leader who shared with me her thoughts on this. And it made me think.
Everyone wants things instantly and a lot of us confuse urgent with important.
But actually, ‘urgent’ is important in the short run, ‘important’ is important in the long run. A leader needs to keep the long-term vision in front of their eyes all the time when making business decisions.
If you keep focusing on urgent tasks, you’ll be constantly firefighting. Instead, why not take the lighter out of the hands of those who light those fires?
In business, delegating urgent tasks and focusing on the important ones is the responsibility of a good leader.
Life is complex, hardly anything is black and white.
So when it comes to decision making in business, I’d say that there’s no such thing as a bad decision either. There’s a list of both positive and negative outcomes from every single decision, and we just need to weigh up one against the other to set the right balance in that exact moment. One thing is certain: there’s things to learn from every single decision.