Yesterday was a weird weather day. In the morning, there was ice everywhere, and I kept getting calls from colleagues who couldn’t make it into work. A few hours later when the governor closed all state offices, the roads around the college had gotten much better, and students were puzzled about why we were closing up shop. This morning, I received an email from my local Y, which had also closed early yesterday. The director apologized to those who had pointed out the roads were fine and that the administration may have erred on the side of caution.
Someone once said that if you make a decision that everyone agrees with, then it’s probably not a very important one. (Or you have so thoroughly beaten down your team, they’re afraid to say anything.) But in general, people are going to disagree, sometimes criticize, and sometimes ridicule.
Still, someone has to be the one who makes the final call. And that call will have to be made without all the possible information that could be found on the topic. And it will have to be made without the ability to predict the future. And it will have to be made by a certain time.
In the end, you have to make a decision. And if it’s wrong, you’ll need to make corrections. But even if it’s right, you’ll probably still be criticized by some. So what do you do then?
Well, you can freak out and swear never to make another decision, but then you won’t be worth much to yourself or to others. Or you can, wary but determined, go on and make another tough call, knowing it’s the path all decision makers have to take.