Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, September 10, 1997
Dear Colleagues,


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Good Morning!

#1  WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS? Keep in mind that increased options increase your chance of being right.

#2  IS THIS MUTUALLY BENEFICIALTry not to make another person a loser when you make a decision: Win-win.

#3  WHAT’S THE RISKMake sure a temporary gain won’t be negated by a permanent loss.

#4  IS IT TIMELYKenny Rogers had it right when he sang, “You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.”  You can improve your sense of timing by “disciplined imagination,” taking what you know in the present and projecting it  into the future.

#5  DO I HAVE STAYING POWEROnce you’ve made the decision, things are sure to get harder before they get easier.  Anticipate this and resolve to hang in there.

#6  WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM RAMIFICATIONSEvery decision will have consequences.  Beware of decisions that make you indispensable.  “A litmus test of leaders may be how well the organization can run without them.”

#7  HAVE I BUILT IN ESCAPE HATCHESLeave a way to get out of a bad decision.  For example, when writing a contract, include a clause for evaluating the contract at a future date.

#8  HAVE I ASKED FOR ADVICE?  First, do your homework, then ask advice from    people who meet these four criteria:  (1) They tell you the truth, not what you think   you want to hear.  (2) They are experts in the area.  (3) They have time to think  through your questions.  (4) They are coming from a Biblical perspective.

#9  HAVE I PRAYEDTalk to God as if He was your business partner. Tell Him the details, the options. Let Him examine your motives.

#10  AM I AFRAID TO PULL THE TRIGGER?  Some people would rather talk about deciding than decide.  Decide to decide. 



My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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