Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Making Snap Decisions

"Nearly all the missteps I've made over the years editing Newsweek, New York magazine, and now Esquire came because I convinced myself that I had to act precipitously or decisively when, in fact, there was plenty of time - if only an extra half hour on deadline - to tease the right action out of the confusion and anxiety of the moment."

So says Edward Kosner, Editor in Chief, Esquire Magazine, as quoted in Richard Edler's book "If I Knew Then What I Know Now - CEOs and other smart executives share wisdom they wish they'd been told 25 years ago."

Procrastination is bad. But so is jumping into a decision before you've had time to analyze the pros and cons.

Take your time, and make the right decision.


  1. Have you read "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell? He points out that sometimes snap decisions are perfect, but only when they are coming from a place of experience and wisdom.

    1. I read Gladwell's book "The Tipping Point," but I haven't read his other books. He has an interesting position on making snap decisions!