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Feb 13, 2018

Decisiveness means that you are able to make good decisions without delay. Get all the facts and weigh them against each other. By acting calmly and quickly, you should arrive at a sound decision. You announce your decisions in a clear, firm, professional manner.

Practice being positive in your actions instead of acting half-heartedly or changing your mind on an issue.


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Is that not the most rockin’, get you motivated music?  Yes, yes.  We are very happy and pleased to be using that music as our into for Morning Mindset.  I am your host, as you know, Paul Markel and I’m hoping that you guys are enjoying these episodes as much as I am enjoying putting them together for you. So, you’re welcome and I’m welcome and we’re all welcome. Today we’re going to continue on with J.J. Did Tie Buckle. That is the Marine Corps acronym for the fourteen Leadership Traits.  

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*chuckle* And I know it doesn’t make any sense to you, but it’s not supposed to make sense. Alright. The second D, so we did J.J., then we did DI, now we are going to talk about the second D in DID….Decisiveness. What does Decisiveness mean when it comes to Marine Corps Leadership Training?  Decisiveness means that you are able to make good decisions without delay, get all of the facts and weigh them against each other, by acting calmly and quickly you should arrive at a sound decision.

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You announce your decisions in a clear, firm, and professional manner. Let’s go ahead and examine decisiveness and how it comes to being a leader, or what it means to be a leader. Now in order to be decisive, you need to have what?  You need to have a little bit of education, a little bit of intelligence, and hopefully you have some experience. Because can you make good, sound decisions, quickly and calmly if you don’t have the facts? If you don’t have education? If you don’t have experience? And should you be making those decisions?

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For instance, if you find yourself in a situation for which you are completely and totally unfamiliar, and you have no experience or education in that area, should you be making that decision? Should you be making decisions related to that topic?  Maybe not, maybe the best thing for you to *garble* excuse me, do as far as being decisive, is to get someone else to help you out. Now, how many of you know people who are adequately or aptly described as “indecisive individuals”?

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How many of you have spouses? Particularly wives, who, uh, display indecisiveness continually? Honey, where would you like to go out to eat? You said you wanted to go out to eat. Yes I do. Ok, where would you like to go? I don’t know.  *laughter* How about we go here? No, let’s not go there. Indecisiveness. Now, that’s kind of funny, and we talk about it, but in our work relationship, in our business relationships, in our personal relationships, being constantly indecisive can be a source, ahhh, I guess it can be a source of soreness, it can be a source of discontent in a workplace.  If you can never seem….

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Have you ever had a boss or supervisor and one of the things you could say about them is “they can never seem to make up their mind.  We’re waiting for guidance. We’re waiting for instruction, and the boss can never seem to make us his or her mind exactly as to what we want to do”? Now part of decisiveness, if we go back to the definition, is to announce your decisions in a clear, firm, and professional manner.

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That goes back to having an indecisive boss or supervisor, and you say “well, not only does this person take forever to make decisions, but when they do, we’re never certain what exactly it is that they want us to do”. *chuckle* When you’re decisive, you make a solid decision based upon the facts, then you announce your intentions. You’re like “Ok this is what we’re going to do, this is how we are going to get it done, this is the direction, this is our mission.  Let’s go do it”.

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That’s decisiveness, and when you encounter people, bosses, supervisor, so forth, that don’t have that, what does it do? It leads to a tremendous amount of frustration in the ranks. Now, according to our friends at the United States Marine Corps, suggestions for improvement in the decisiveness area. Practice being positive in your actions, instead of acting half heartedly or changing your mind on an issue.

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This goes back to the, how many times have you had someone say “Um,well, we probably should do this, I think maybe probably we should do it”. Then you’re like, “well”, they come back, they’re like “Hmmm, I don’t know if that’s the best way”. Alright. Hold on for a second. Before we start doing anything, let’s make a decision. Let’s make a genuine decision, let’s stick to it, let’s move forward. But in our world, what does it….what factor screws up decisiveness? Is it facts? Are they facts and experience? Nooo, no no.

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What screws up and what keeps people from being decisive is what? Feelings. Ohhh feelings. And wondering how your decision will make people feel, or how it will be perceived. Or wondering if it will offend this group, or offend that group. This is exactly what we get from politicians. Politicians are continuously indecisive. Matter of fact, when I was describing what a poor supervisor or poor boss does, about, you know, being wishy washy, or not answering the question, or taking forever to answer the question, doesn’t that sound like a politician?

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“I’m not going to answer the question because if I answer it, then there’s a chance that someone might not like my answer”. You cannot be decisive, you cannot make good decisions and apply those decisions, if you’re constantly worried that you’re gonna offend somebody. If you’re constantly worried that, well, you know, this might hurt someone’s feelings. Well, are we dealing with facts or are we dealing with feelings?  Why are we making the decision that we are making?

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And that is the biggest stumbling block in our modern world...I believe. And a lack of decisiveness, is because, rather than examine that facts of the situation, people go and they examine the feelings of the situation. And when you do that, you never know where you’re going to end up. What happens? When you start worrying about feelings instead of facts, you end up doing nothing. Or you do, you know, you *chuckle* do the action or perform the action in a half hearted, kind of, maybe, I’m not sure manner.

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Is that how we get the job done? Is that how we get the mission accomplished, whatever the mission happens to be? Is that how we get it done? By action in a half hearted, kind of...you know, uninvolved manner? Noo. It’s not. Decisiveness, this is probably something, and if we’re honest with ourselves, if we look at our daily lives, if we look at our interactions with other people, especially if we’re talking about schools, or if we’re talking about the government, or if we’re talking about political things, we see a tremendous amount of indecisiveness. And that’s not helping.

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That’s not helping us to have a strong community, a strong state, a strong country. None of those things help us with leadership. And that’s one of the reasons we have a critical lack of leaders. A critical shortage of leaders in The United States of America is, you know, pointed out right here. Because a leader makes a decision, sticks by the decision, explains the reasons for the decision, and then carries on.

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But politicians and bosses, and so forth, well, they can’t do that. So, decisiveness. And people will respect decisiveness. People don’t respect, indecisive humans. Bosses, supervisors, parents…. If you’re a parent and you can’t make a decision and stick with it, you’re children are not going to respect you. If you waffle and you’re wishy washy, and you go back and forth continuously, your children will not respect you.

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So, Leadership Traits. And that, according to, well, my list here, that’s number five. J.J. DID, D I D, Decisiveness. Try practicing decisiveness by being positive in your actions instead of half hearted. Quit changing your mind. Make a decision based upon the facts and carry on.  Alright guys, that’s it for today. Thank you very much for joining us, me, we *chuckle* and when I say “us”, you know, I have people behind the scenes that are helping me put these together to make sure that you can get them.

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Alright, tomorrow we’re going to move on to the T in J.J. Did Tie Buckle. We’re going to talk about Tact. Until then, remember, all of my works are available on Amazon. My written works, my books, are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, as Kindle versions. And please, do us a favor, do me a favor, if you would, leave a review on whatever it is you are listening to this on. Whatever podcast application you’re using, and share this with at least one other person. I’ll talk to you again real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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