Us guys love a great sports story. And when we can get an analogy out of it, we like it even better.
I was reading a story about the San Francisco 49ers, who went to the Super Bowl. Their coach, Jim Harbaugh, made a big decision halfway through the season to change quarterbacks. Alex Smith had been their starting qb until an injury. He was replaced by Colin Kaepernick, and that decision divided the locker room.
Can you blame the teammates for being divided? The QB is the defacto leader for the team, and when he’s benched, many people get upset.
Think about the decision Coach Harbaugh had to make. Smith was, and had been the guy, but he sensed a change was needed. I’m sure Harbaugh had his reasons, but making that decision and sticking to it had to be tough.
As an event planner, big decisions need to be made every day. You have to be willing to make those.
Here are 3 quick thoughts on decision making:
- Don’t be scared to make a decision. Some leaders will let the consensus of a group make the decision. I’m not sure this is the best way to lead. Had Harbaugh let the locker room make the decision of starting QB, Smith probably would have been the guy. They 49ers might not have made the Super Bowl.
- Stick with your decision. Waffling is not allowed. That is even more hurtful to the team. For Harbaugh, there was really no going back. If you thought through all angles of your decision, own it.
- 3. Don’t worry what others think. As a leader, you have to stand head and shoulders above the crowd. Think Harbaugh cared what others thought of his decision? I’m going to say no. It was his and his alone to make. Had it failed, he most certainly would have gotten the blame.
There is a new book out that I’ve just started called Decisive: How To Make Better Choices In Live And Work by Chip and Dan Heath. I’m looking forward to digging into it deeper to help me make better decisions.
TAGS: San Francisco 49ers, decision making, leadership