Executive Coaching Program

Chapter Nineteen

An executive coaching program must emphasize the importance of consistently effective decision making. A leader's credibile is on the line with every decision she makes.

A leader must master his decision making process and not let others detract him from his basic values. He must have the power to decide instantly on which side he is going to make his mistakes.

In any emergency, the arrival of a man or woman who is prompt and quick to decide a course of action, will most assuredly change the face of everything.

"He who hesitates is sometimes most at risk of losing out."

Executive business coaching experts share that those who have left their mark upon their century have been men and women of great and prompt decision. In contrast, an undecided person is one who is always struggling between two differing opinions; forever debating which of two courses to pursue.

People, who are continually unwilling to state their opinion, proclaim by their indecision that they cannot control themselves and that they are meant to be led by others.

The man who is thoughtful, yet quick to decide, does not submit to circumstances or events – he makes them submit to him.

Caesar, the man who said, “I came, I saw, and I conquered,” could not hesitate long. He, like Napoleon, had the power to choose one resolute course, and was quick to dismiss every conflicting plan in an instant.

"The heaviest charged words in our language are those that are the briefest, “yes,” and “no.” One stands for the surrender of the will, the other for denial; one stands for gratification, the other for character. A stout “no” means a stout character, the ready “yes” a weak one."
- T.T. Munger

The power to decide instantly the best course to pursue, and willingly tackle every obstacle that gets in the way of that pursuit, is one of the most potent forces in winning success.

The one who is forever twisting and turning, backpedaling, weighing and balancing over every tiny possibility in order to extinguish any bit of risk in making a decision – will never accomplish anything.

The undecided man creates no confidence in others, he only invites distrust. But the man who can make a firm decision and stand by it to the end, is entrusted with great power to lead others. You can measure him, gauge him and you can estimate the work that his energy will achieve.

This was the mark of Alexander the Great who, when asked how it was that he had conquered the world, he replied, “By not wavering.”

"The vacillating man is ever at the mercy and of the opinion of the whomever spoke with him last."
- Marden

There is no vocation or occupation which does not present some difficulties. At times these issues can become quite overwhelming. The person who allows her self to waver every time she comes to a hard place in her life will not succeed.

"Without decision and a firm will, there can be no clear focus; and to succeed a person needs to have constant control over their focus."

Let it be your first decision then, to teach the world that you are not made of wood or straw; that there is iron and steel in you. Let men know that what you say you will do, you will do; that your decision, once it is made, is final - no wavering; that once resolved to take a path, you will not be detained or lured to change course.

Some minds are so weak that they are bewildered and dazed whenever a new option is presented to them; they have a fear and dread of having to decide anything.

The man who would push to the front due to his firm will and competitive spirit, must be a man of promptness and determined decision; like Ceaser, he is compelled to burn his ships behind him, and make retreat forever impossible.

Never forget as part of your executive leadership training that achievement is the work of steadfast decision making.

Executive Coaching Program Activities

  1. Describe an instance in your life when you were faced with a monumental decision that represented a “fork in the road.” Explain the benefits and risks of each option that you had to consider.

  2. Explain the process by which you made your final decision. Are you satisfied with this response and do you feel it serves you well? Do you wish to become more resolute and effective at decision making?

  3. Given what you know now from the above executive coaching program information, how might you improve how you make important decisions in the future? Explain what you need to do differently in order to gain better results.

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