I had the good fortune to spend the day with an exceptional leader last week, and he said something that really made me stop and think…

“Don’t call it decision-making, call it choosing consequences.”

Somehow this subtle shift in emphasis makes any decision easier, especially when you realise that not making the decision also has consequences.

To understand all the consequences, ask these four simple questions…

1.    What would happen if I did it?

2.    What would happen if I did not do it?

3.    What would not happen if I did it?

4.    What would not happen if I did not do it?

Each of these is a subtly different question and you will get great clarity around the consequences that you can choose from by really thinking about each question in turn.

Consequences also have a major role in motivation. Here are some tips on motivation that look at it through the lens of consequences.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Consultant on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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