DECIDE, ACT & ACHIEVE
I have always felt that in spite of people possessing knowledge, skills & the attitude
required to perform any kind of jobs most of the time it is seen they themselves are short
of achieving their day to day objectives in their place of work. This includes all the
category of employees working at various levels in an organization.
In today’s competitive world activity, performance & productivity are some of the
familiar buzz word frequently used in the management circles but ultimately it is what
one achieves that matters.
Human beings are imperfect & every manager has to work with this resource which is
highly unpredictable. They will be available for work only for 8 hours in a day & it is the
skill of the superior to see that the allotted work given is completed quickly, efficiently,
effectively, excellently & smoothly.
The question is why the work which has to be urgently carried out on a particular day by
the employee does not get accomplished? Mr. Iyer Subramanian speaks about the very
important skill of decision, action & accomplishment which every manager should
possess to navigate the ship in the right direction.
Decide & Act.
• Given the required resources at our disposal, you have to come to a decision after
evaluating all the options available. Thus the decision made has to be extremely
careful, flexible, transparent & quick. Once you have taken a decision all the other
options gets more or less closed. You tend to focus only on the decisions.
• Once the decision has been taken after a careful consideration you have to
discipline yourself to take action on the decision you have made. Deciding
something & not going ahead with any kind of action is as good as not knowing
something & hence not going ahead.
• You have to move very fast & get quick feed back on the action taken. If the
action does not seem proper, then quickly self-correct & try something else. In
other words, if you want to go Poona you need to take the road which goes to
Poona. If you have not taken the right decision, you will not reach the said
destination. Thus, you will at least come to know that the decision taken by is not
the right one. In the process you might taken a correct decision & follow by acting
• Once you start acting on the decisions taken, you tend to get far more done in a
day than other people. You move ahead far faster than the people around you.
This action of yours gives you a higher source of energy, enthusiasm &
motivation that fills you full of joy & exhilaration.
• Deciding something & not going ahead with any kind of action shall as good as
not knowing something & hence not going ahead. If you try more decisive ways
to be successful, the odds are that you will eventually find the right way more
often. Always ask yourself, what one action, if I did it immediately, could have
the greatest positive impact on my results? What ever your answer to that
question, just do it!
• The ability to decide, act & accomplish is the most important single determinant
of how much you are paid & how rapidly to rise in your company. Results are
everything in the world of work. All that really matters is your ability to perform
& get results for your company.
• The more consistently you decide, act & accomplish on your most important
tasks, the greater the number of important tasks you will be given to accomplish.
The more you produce results, the greater will be results that will be entrusted to
you. The more you contribute in terms of accomplishments, the more you will be
paid & the more you become valuable to the company.
• Solution oriented people or result oriented people are the most valuable people in
any organization. They concentrate on the solutions & not on the problems which
the general population believes in. As on the eminent author puts it “Leaderships
is the ability to solve problems & come out with a proper solution”.
• If you do right first time, every time for your organization you will be given more
& more problems to solve. The bigger & more costly the problems & difficulties
you solve, the more power you will have, & the higher position you will attain.
Apart from being considered invaluable, you will term to be solution-oriented
• The knowledge, skills which you have achieved from the schools, colleges & the
management institutes have to be put to good use. Converting your knowledge &
skills into results are of paramount importance. The ability to decide, act &
achieve is an invaluable skill as your results for the organization purely depends
upon the way you handle the human resources.
Unsuccessful people are indecisive. They do not decide the course of action & hence they
do not achieve anything concrete. Many managers do not take decisions purely because
they fear the fear of criticism & fear of failure, thus maintaining a status quo. When the
manager abstains from taking any decision which is the most important skill he ceases to
achieve any worthy goal.
The decision making skill has to be harnessed & it has to be put to good use before one
expects positive results. If you want to become a great decision maker, you first need to
become a good decision maker. Before becoming a good decision maker, you need to
become a decision maker. In order to become a decision maker, you need to be willing to
first produce a bunch of mediocre & downright bad decisions. Only by practicing &
developing daily the said skills get better.