The anatomy of a bad decision

I often say “You don’t know what you don’t know.” This may seem obvious, but multimillion-dollar organizations make decisions every day based solely on the information they’re looking at, discounting factors that may not be addressed by the research being conducted.

Fix it later, but patch it now

Not all problems can be solved right away. Sometimes you have to look for a provisional response until a complete solution can be found. Here are some general approaches to start with.

4 common pitfalls to dodge

Change is necessary to every organization’s successful growth, but it rarely happens as smoothly as we’d like. Be prepared to deal with these common obstacles.

Bounce back from a mistake

Mistakes aren’t fatal, as long as you know how to deal with them in a positive manner. Acknowledging and apologizing for them is only a first step. Here’s how to turn a setback into a step forward.

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Today's Leadership Tip

Before you lay down to sleep ...  (1) Review your to-do list.  (2) Do a brain dump. If your thoughts are running wild, write them down. Once they’re on paper, you can rest.  (3) Turn off electronics two hours before.  (4) Center yourself. Find at least 20 minutes for decompression and reflection.   — Adapted from “4 Things to Do Before You Go to Bed,” Kevin Daum, Inc.

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Q: I have a loyal employee who does a good job with every task that is assigned to him. One problem: Every original idea he’s ever suggested is absolutely terrible and he has not even a smidgen of clever, original thinking. Yet it would be quite awkward to actively disinvite him from brainstorming meetings or cut him from group projects. What to do?

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