Being a senior executive can be fun, and it certainly comes with a lot of rewards. It also comes at price: making decisions that won't make everyone happy, including yourself.
The Harvard Business Review article below gives some great advice on how to deal with the key elements that make decision making so difficult: Uncertainty and Value Complexity.
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Every leader has to make tough decisions that have consequences for their organizations, their reputation, and their career. The first step to making these decisions is understanding what makes them so hard. Alexander George, who studied presidential decision-making, pointed to two features: Uncertainty: Presidents never have the time or resources to fully understand all of the implications their decisions will have. “Value Complexity”: This is George’s term to explain that even the “best” decisions will harm some people and undermine values leaders would prefer to support.