November 12, 2018

5 Ways to Avoid Analysis Paralysis and Make Bolder Moves

Companies turn to their leaders to make the big decisions – the judgement calls that can affect thousands of employees and customers. I’ll tell you from experience – it’s easy to get stuck in analysis paralysis. The fear of making the wrong move can be a massive weight on a leader or a team.

When I joined Northwestern Mutual three years ago, one of my first tasks was to help launch a new client website. It would be an immense undertaking and core to reinventing the company’s client experience.

Like most significant technology projects, we held a number of “go / no go” decision meetings, making the final calls on whether to deploy the significant work of the team. Huddled in a conference room, we were on a call with various stakeholders who were raising significant questions about launching the site: “What if it fails? What if people hate it?” The weight of the decision was clear. But this was a critical project – with a clear business case.

Here are the five things that helped me work through the decision and be confident in our direction, which I apply toward every important decision I make.

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