Decision-Facers And Decision-MakersSept. 6, 2020
"Assistant coaches make suggestions, but I make decisions"
- John Thompson, the legendary Georgetown University basketball coach who passed away on Aug. 30
- Found in article by Myron Medcalf: https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/29785381/john-thompson-friends-rivals-share-untold-stories-coach-life-influence
There are piles of books, YouTube videos and courses about decision-making. How to make better decisions, how to make faster decisions, how to weigh the variables properly, how to measure risk, and so forth.
But ultimately, when presented with a choice, we each have the option to be a decision-facer, or a decision-maker. Decision-facers weigh the pro's and con's, and hope someone else will decide.
"Maybe we should hire a social media expert"
"We could launch a Labor Day promotion"
"We could take the kids to the beach next week"
Or we can embrace the uncertainty and be a decision-maker. "Alright, here's what we're gonna do..."
John Thompson knew this was one of his most essential responsibilities. And it took him to basketball's Hall of Fame.
If you chose to be a decision-maker 10% more often, where might it take you?