By Rita Pagan
Feeling like every decision you make lately is questionable? I feel especially doubtful of my decision-making abilities when it comes to the health and education of my children during this pandemic. And just like my mug, I’m OK with just being “okayest” right now to help with my overall sanity.
The pandemic that is upon us has also forced businesses and leaders to make some very tough decisions. Across the industry, leaders are deciding whether to lay off or furlough workers or initiate pay cuts, all while continuing to deliver projects and programs on time and within budget with limited resources. But how do you know if you’ve made the right decision? How much thought should you give to crisis-time decision making?
- Ask questions and gather information. Facts are important. And it will feel reassuring to ask them ALL.
- Remain flexible. I think we’ve seen just how quickly things can escalate. You need to be flexible and agile.
- Know that you are not alone! Not to be cheesy but we’re all in this together. Make sure you are connected to your professional community and lean on them when needed.
While decision-making has become harder because of the pandemic, it has helped leaders with new ways of thinking and new solutions. Crises put not only your ability to make decisions to the test, but also your ability to adapt.
Rita Pagan is IPMI’s events and exhibits manager.