Make good decisions, not more (picking a bone with Seth Godin)

Making too many decisions can turn you into a Bad Decision Dinosaur. Scary! (Photo credit: www.neurologicalcorrelates.com)

A few days ago, Seth Godin wrote a post in which he encouraged us to make more decisions. I beg to differ.

Seth’s point was that we are all fundamentally in the business of decision-making and that the only way to get better at what we do is by doing more of it.

Although this is true of many skills, I don’t agree it’s true of decision-making. In fact, making more decisions often leads to sloppy decision-making because you’re so busy rushing along to make the next decision that you don’t allow time to be thoughtful about the current one.

For anyone faced with  making decisions about which marketing strategy to adopt in 2013 and which tools to use to support that strategy, what you need to get good at is making good decisions–not more. (Of note, sometimes making a good decision means deciding a decision isn’t necessary, i.e. not worth your time.)

Often it’s a better use of your time to be assessing whether the decisions you’ve already made were good ones. Are they working? Are they delivering the results you want and need to be successful?

If Seth was lumping revisiting decisions in with making more decisions, I can maybe get on board with his advice. My advice? Make decisions about the decisions that really matter and make those well.

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Comments

  1. I couldn’t agree more. I frequently look back on situations and find that not making a decision was the best thing I could have done. I think that so many us “driven” folks feel the need to decide and move on, even when there’s a reason a decision feels uncomfortable to us, for whatever reason. I say pay attention to the discomfort and learn from it. That’s how you make better decisions. It’s not a numbers game.

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