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.

2 comments:

  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.

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    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!

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