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REASONS TO DO A TEMPERATURE CHECK
- Avoid making emotional decisions
- More timely decision making
- Reduce second-guessing
A conscious effort to be mindful of your mood, emotions and feelings when making important decisions.
Managers make decisions all day every day. Some are big decisions given a lot of thought, while others are snap decisions given very little thought.
Experienced leaders know that some decisions turn out bad. You had a choice to make, and you made the wrong choice.
You look back and wonder "What was I thinking?" It feels like your judgement was clouded.
In hindsight, you should have known better. You DID know better! What happened?
The fact is, emotions cloud your judgement. When you're calm, slow rational thinking guides your decision making. When you're emotional you can't think clearly.
When you're uncertain, you're more likely to jump to conclusions. A worried person wants to reduce uncertainty and one way to do that by making a snap decision.
Anger makes people more likely to take risks and to minimize how dangerous those risks will be. Angry people rely more on stereotypes and are more eager to act.
When you're happy, you tend to be overly optimistic. When you're sad, you tend to be a bit more rationale, but too much sadness can make you impatient!
Emotions are contagious. If you're making a decision with someone or about someone, their mood can impact your emotions.
When you're mood changes your thinking changes. That's why you keep changing your mind or why you have second thoughts.
Think of decision making as a process. Your process may already include collecting facts, gathering input from others and writing down the pro's and con's of each choice.
Start by reminding yourself that your mood impacts your decision making. Try to avoid making important decisions when you're moody.
Acknowledge whatever mood you're in and the potential think traps to avoid.
The best way to take your own temperature is in the 3rd person. When you think of yourself as "he" or "she" vs. "I", you're more objective and less emotional.
There are two types of "second guessing" - the kind that happens after you make a decision and the kind that happens before you make the decision.
Rethinking a decision after the fact is pointless. You should evaluate your decisions, but you can't rethink them. The decision's been made!
There's nothing wrong with rethinking a decision before it's made. In fact, it's a very effective decision making technique.
Dedicate a couple of thinking breaks to the important decision. Chances are, your moods will shift and you'll see things a bit differently.
This isn't an excuse to put off a big decision. Big decisions take time, anyway. You want to use that time wisely.
Don't put the decision off until the last second. If you do, chances are your mood will be negative and your thinking clouded.