As someone who recently started a new job, I have to learn how to make decisions in a brand new space. It’s tempting to jump into decision-making right away. After all, that’s what leaders do, right? But of course, when I’m new, I just don’t have the context to do that well. And later, I often end up regretting those hasty early decisions.
Amy, I feel that every decision has a 4th part/step as well - retrospective. It's a crucial part (and a reason why humans learn & progress), but it's done so subconsciously we often overlook it ;) Great post btw! <3
This post could not have come at a better time, thank you for sharing! I've recently joined a start-up, jumping ahead to making decisions without figuring out stakeholders and ways of working. Going to use this approach and apply it! Thank you, Ami!
Great tips, Ami! Beyond slowing down on individual decisions when ramping up, I would also highlight the importance of actively learning about the culture, values, norms, and unwritten rules of the company and team. It helps inform what will translate from one role to the next and builds a leader’s awareness of team strengths and vulnerabilities.
I love this. It works in a nonprofit context as well as a product context -- I’ve been focusing on listening, documenting and executing for a volunteer organization I’ve recently joined and there’s a lot of service to provide that way. And you learn the context to be more useful in decision-making in the future. So timely, thank you Ami.
Good one Amy. I use similar framework in my day-to-day work life. I believe whatever one can glean today from their sources and resources will open up new dimensions in viewing the problem at hand! It's never a bad idea to get more points of view to understand the broader implications of the problem and eventually helps in coming up with a solution
Thanks so much for providing reminders that ramping up in a new space is an equalizing factor and the framework to navigate the ambiguity and pressure to lead.