No matter what you do, you’re going to find that you will be making decisions for business. Some decisions are easier to make than others. Do you want a day off as a thank you for a job well done would be one decision like that. After all, you would have to be nuts to think taking a day off is a bad idea. Right? What about those decisions that you have to make that are a little harder to make. What do you do? Here’s what I do.
Here’s how I made the toughest decisions of my business career. Business deals with negotiating are easy compared to this. I was in Corporate America for over 20 years. Sure there were challenges, but I really loved my work and selling my products. I generally worked for smart, talented people.
It was several years into my career that I encountered my first south bound end of a north bound mule. You get the picture. I survived despite having to deal with a manager who lied to customers, my peers and me. This manager made it really hard to work, yet I persevered. When I got my second “difficult” boss, I had to make a tough decision. Do I stay or do I go?
I went through every decision making process to make my decision. I made lists. What were the benefits of staying put? I put things like security, job benefits, great customers, loved my job on that side of the list. What were the minuses? There weren’t many.
Here were a few. There was the daily stress of working for a manager with the worst listening skills I had ever seen in business. I had worked for an idiot before so I was well aware of the stresses. I had survived so I was tougher. But I also remember saying to myself, “My spirit will die.” That was a pretty big negative.
Then I did what I think everyone should do when they are making big decisions. Be honest. Ask yourself if you don’t make the decision will you regret it? That’s what clinched this one for me. I thought to myself, if I don’t leave, I will look back and regret not standing up for myself and taking a risk and betting on myself.
To make sure I went through with my resignation, I called up a friend of mine who was a manager in headquarters. I knew if I told her of my plans confidentially, that she would keep my information private until I publicly announced my resignation. I also knew that by telling her, I was now accountable for following through. I did.
I talk with a lot of women in business who have to make tough decisions about their job, their customers and their families. It seems to all boil down to a final question. Will you regret it if you don’t do it? I have told everyone who asks that your mission in life is to live a life without regrets.