Making decisions

1. Invest in developing a strong foundation - long-term vision, frameworks, principles, etc. Often times, a strong foundation can make decisions easier.

2. Learn to discern which decisions are consequential (range of possible outcome) and irreversible, and which aren't. Be more deliberate making the former and quick to make the latter. Use a maximizer approach for the former and a satisficer approach for the latter. 

3. Bring clarity to decision making by identifying key decision factors, laying out distinct options and how they perform against those factors. Learn to create new options that make things better.

4. Understand the first, second, third-order consequences; and how this will play out in different time horizons - short, medium and long term.

5. Think about the impact on different parties and pieces. Get diverse perspectives.

6. Delaying or not making a decision is a decision in itself. If you do this, do it intentionally, understanding the consequences.

7. Last but not least, collaborate with all the key stakeholders in the decision making - consider opinions, agree on options/decision criteria and jointly converge on a decision. Making a good decision, but without acceptance and buy-in from others, isn't a good outcome.