Controlling Emotional Decisions – Episode #84

by Richard Wilson on August 1, 2011

The following video is borrowed from our platform and was originally recorded for our business management training program.  Many times as a business manager you will find yourself faced with an important decision and you might find it difficult to separate and control the emotion in that decision.  In this video, I offer my best advice on successfully controlling emotional decisions.

Video Transcript/Summary: The strategies and tips provided within this video module include:

  1. It is very common to feel emotion when you are making a business decision and sometimes that emotion can be helpful (such as excitement for a new product) other times it can be detrimental to your decision-making ability (such as anger over a past problem, fear of failure, etc.).
  2. One trick for controlling emotional decisions is to keep a business journal that lets you vent and develop your ideas before you work them out with others.
  3. Another good way to separate your emotion from the decision is to speak with a business mentor or associate to get some advice on how best to handle the situation.
  4. At certain times it is necessary to let a person go but you have to look at that person as a business asset and not make a hasty, emotional decision that will hurt your business.  
  5. The last tip is that as a business manager you have to treat all of your employees as an individual. 

This topic is rarely covered in management books or training but I feel that controlling emotions in a decision is a very important aspect of managing. 

Thanks for joining us, and I will see you again soon,

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