The pandemic has changed everything
Rarely in modern history have so many critical decisions been made by so many people.
The pandemic has placed an inordinate amount of pressure on societies, leaders, families, and individuals to make decisions. Some of these are decidedly short-term in nature, dealing with day-to-day challenges faced as a result of the immediate impacts of the pandemic, while others are medium-term as we consider what the world will look like post-pandemic.
All are incredibly difficult and cast in an unexpected light. Values-based decision making can help relieve some of this pressure by helping you make decisions faster, more consistently, and with precious mental energy dedicated to the decision and its outcome.
Values are guiding big decisions
Those in public office have to decide, almost on a daily basis, which measures to impose or adjust in response to the spread of Covid-19 in their jurisdiction. As is evidenced around the world, these decisions can be based on data, intuition, facts or belief, and in all cases, reflect the values, public or private, of the decision makers.
Business leaders have to adjust to the new, sudden, and hopefully short-term reality: their customers are now confined at home. For some, this means business as usual though for most, drastic measures have been necessary to keep their business solvent. Values-based decision making is more important than ever for these leaders to navigate this new reality, even if it means that their values have to shift as a result of the pandemic.
Families are equally caught in the mix of high-pressure decision making as parents decide whether or not to home school their children, to work at home or return to the office, to stay in the city or move to a more rural area. Defined and prioritized values can help with these decisions.
Values are guiding big decisions. What’s your value system?
3 steps to identifying and prioritizing your values
Here are the three steps to define your own prioritized value system.
Under conditions of extreme pressure, decision making has a tendency to become fast and loose. Use values-based decision making – gut feel or data-backed – to relieve some of this pressure and keep your decisions tight.
Here's to better decisions and driving great results!
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