Decision Making for the Indecisive

Posted April 11, 2013 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

Indecisiveness can be debilitating both personally and professionally, and can certainly hold back your career. A new book, Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work, is giving you the tools you need to be more decisive in all areas of your life. The Washington Post’s Leadership Editor Lillian Cunningham is following the book’s advice and reporting about her own progress in becoming more decisive in “Decision Making for the Indecisive.

What did Lillian learn?

We would never think today about buying a television without checking the reviews on a Web site. And yet many times we aren’t systematic enough in the job situation about collecting even three data points or four data points about what it’s like to be in that job and whether people enjoy it or not.

And has the program worked for her?

The closest thing to a decision-making magic trick that I’ve found is the question, “What would you advise your best friend to do if they were in your situation?” So often when I ask that question, people blurt out an answer and their eyes get wide. They’re shocked at how easy it is when you just imagine you’re advising someone else.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."