Think. Know. Do. (making thoughtful decisions)

Valor lies in the middle between the extremes of cowardice and rashness.

When faced with a difficult challenge, many suffer the paralysis of analysis and wind up doing nothing. Burying oneself in a morass of data can make it look like one is carefully studying the issue at hand, yet this often serves as a substitute for a lack of resolve or the experience by which to choose a course of action.

On the other hand, we all know the “Ready…Fire…Aim” people. Those that “do” first, then stop to actually think about the challenge and apply the skills of reason and logic. This rashness can whipsaw an organization by having people go down one path only to have to change course when the challenge has been more thoughtfully considered.

Think. Know. Do. It is always preferable to think through the issues and develop a set of hypothesis or possible courses of action. Taking the time to understand the challenges by allowing sufficient time for research or analysis provides greater confidence in knowing what the outcomes of your actions will likely be.

No one really wants to be led by a coward, and no one really wants to be led by someone prone to making rash decisions. Brave leaders are thoughtful (they think first) and allow their actions to be guided by facts and the experience of others (they know).

~ by chuckmattina on July 2, 2008.

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