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Enhance the effectiveness of your decision-making by tapping the knowledge, input and perspective of others. Ask others:
  • "What do you think?"
  • "Who else would you recommend I ask?"
  • "What am I missing?"
  • "Who will this decision affect?"

As a leader, seeking the opinion of others communicates their role is important, it conveys respect and appreciation, and it strengthens their bond with you - their leader. Asking for input from internal team members draws them in to the decision-making process and helps them feel "ownership" for the decision. "Others" may include:
  • Direct reports
  • Peers
  • You boss or manager
  • Your coach
  • A mentor
  • Your mastermind group
  • An outside adviser
  • Any business associate who's opinion you respect
Seeking the advice and input of others is smart business. Tapping the perspective and brainpower of others makes for better, more informed decisions. Seeking the advice of others strengthens your relationships with those individuals. It's a win-win. [This article was originally posted on an earlier date] Andy Robinson, founder of Career Success Partners, is a leading authority on career success and a 15-year career coaching veteran.
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