Making decisions quickly and confidently is critical to survival and thrival.

This should be the case regardless of this horrible crisis we face.

Gino Wickman, my fellow Professional Implementer and creator of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) believes there are 10 commandments of good decision making.

Here are my favorite six (and I do love them all — part 1 and part 2):

  1. Thou Shalt Not Rule by Consensus – on a healthy team, where the vision is clear and everyone is on the same page, 80% of the time everyone will agree with the solution to a problem. However, sometimes they won’t, and someone needs to make the final decision. That someone is the leader. Consensus management doesn’t work. Eventually, group consensus decisions will put you out of business.
  2. Thou Shalt Fight for the Greater Good — put your egos, titles, emotions, and past beliefs aside. Focus on the vision for your organization. You’ll cut through the candy coating, personalities, and politics.
  3. Thou Shalt Not Try to Solve Them All – take issues one at a time, in order of priority. What counts isn’t quantity but quality. You’re never going to solve them all at one time. The faster you understand that, the better your odds are of staying sane.
  4. Thou Shalt Live with It, End It, or Change It — this is a great lesson from Gino’s dad, a very successful entrepreneur and one of Gino’s greatest mentors. In solving an issue, he teaches that you have three options: You can live with it, end it, or change it. There are no other choices.
  5. Thou Shalt Enter the Danger — the issue you fear the most is the one you most need to discuss and resolve. In tough times, people tend to freeze. When you’re afraid, your brain actually works against you. You must shift from the fight or flight back part of the brain amygdala to the prefrontal part of the brain, the rational and critical thinking part.
  6. Thou Shalt Take a Shot – taking a shot means that you should propose a solution. Don’t wait around for someone else to solve it. If you’re wrong, your team will let you know. Sometimes a leadership discussion can drag on because everyone is afraid to voice a solution, even though someone may have it right at the tip of his or her tongue.

How many of these commandments do you identify with, and which commandment will you choose to make better decisions in this time of crisis and in the future?