In the past two months, even with the anxiety and uncertainty, decision-making has become easier, in light of the obvious risk. The rules where clear: Wash your hands. Don’t get out, unless you need to, Mask always!. Now, while Portugal reopens, the rules that were black and white are mixed again in shades of grey. Once again, it’s up to each one of us to discover what “seems safe” and what appears to be “too risky”.
For some people, the new freedom will seem refreshing. For others, it’s a daunting responsibility. Sure, the nursery is now open, but does that mean sending your kids back? We can already work in the office but do we feel confident in doing so?
Each one of us is about to face hundreds of decisions again, big and small, how to regain our lives back on track. Obviously, it will be stressful. And with such uncertainty, it’s not realistic to say that we already know exactly what we are going to do.
When we transfer this theme for team decisions, the difficulties are even greater. Heterogeneous mental profiles, functions that require different skills, ways of working and diverse interaction requirements with others. As a team, how are we going to take full advantage of the lack of definition, to return to what will be the “new normal”?
It’s up to everyone, not just the leaders, to make this return a success. It’s important to take into account some factors, individually and collectively to avoid bad choices. By doing this, we guarantee that we achieve two things that we will need to move on to the next phase: Flexibility and some Feeling of Control.
It will continue to be difficult but focusing on these 5 key factors we’ll be doing the best we can… “with the information we have”. Connect more, do more things as a team (remotely ou in person), be more together… and you’ll make better decisions.
Article for INFORH, written by Luís Rosário Immersis Partner.