Overcoming Indecisiveness


In 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, America elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt. During the first 100 days in office, FDR initiated several major changes that turned the economy around. A few years later, World War II broke out. An ailing FDR once again had to make major decisions on the world stage to keep America from crumbling.

How could he make such important decision and remain so calm for his “Fireside Talks”?

President Roosevelt wouldn’t let the fear of being wrong keep him from making decisions. Instead, he would craft his plan of action to be flexible and adapt with any issues that pop up. This allowed him to move forward with decisions and not let indecision to slow the process.

This is a lesson managers and executives can take to heart. Instead of worrying about coming up with the perfect decision, craft a plan that can evolve with the uncertain future. Creativity is your map for creating such a plan as FDR used to make effective decisions during some of America’s darkest hours.

Ryan Lally