1. Know your personal values.

What’s most important to you personally? When you know your values, you’ll better filter new information and opportunities and can rely better on your intuition because you know what you’re hearing and how it fits in with you.

2. Get candid input from at least 5 other people who know you well.

While it’s nice to get input from experts, it’s as valuable to get points of view from colleagues, family members, key employees who know you — they know your tendencies, your moods, the way you think, your blind spots, your passions. Let them guide you.

3. Have a really big, big picture.

When you know your long term goals, have a vision or have a helicopter view of the current situation or opportunity, you’ll be “seeing more” and thus have more information on which to base your decision.

4. Always have a Plan B, Plan C and Plan D ready to go!

You can improve your good judgment by having back up plans, whether you need them or not.

5. Don’t put yourself in situations where you are forced to rely too much on your “good judgment.”

This one is important. After all, shouldn’t you be enough ahead of the curve to have been making good decisions along the way so that having “good judgment” doesn’t become critical? Don’t confuse good judgment with crisis management.


Copyright 1997 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.