We recently asked Brendan Forwood, founder of Sirius Impact and another of the original Decida accredited coach network to share his thoughts on better decision making.
Over the past 10 years Brendan has built a brand in leadership development and behavioural learning, working with senior managers to build leadership capability that links strategy with execution, and help teams work more collaboratively and effectively together through strong communication and ways of working to achieve results.
What is your favourite, or most used, inspirational quote?
Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job – Jim Rohn. It’s an oldy but a goody.
What does great decision making look and feel like for you?
It happens quickly and is clear, confident and certain. My word for the year is decisive – and that is what I envisaged myself doing more when I chose it.
When was a time you were at your decision making best?
Just over the Christmas period of 2018-19 I decided that the standards I had set in my life needed to lift. Over the 2 week break my wife Camila and I ended up making 5 trips to the tip clearing out the unnecessary clutter in our house! It was a great feeling!
Who inspires you? Why?
I often find inspiration shows up and surprises me unexpectedly. A few weeks ago I attended a conference where a 75 year old lady spoke about the importance looking after yourself when you are young so that you can enjoy the later years in life. A simple message but powerful. Then whilst I was on a flight a month ago I was reminded of that message when I watched the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. I watched the last 30 minutes twice!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to be a better decision maker?
Do an honest assessment of the standards you are currently accepting in your life, decide to increase your standards in one area of importance and take action immediately to make it happen without delay. The confidence you get from committing the the changes will help you be a better decision maker.
What are you reading/watching at the moment?
I recently finished reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – it’s a game changer!
What is the most effective strategy you use for keeping your Ape (your emotional reactive state) in check?
Deep breathing first thing in the morning and setting reminders every 2 hours in my phone to take a deep breath. More oxygen in the brain equals a clearer and calmer Brendan.
What type of decision maker are you?
On the S-DMF I am a Analysing Partner. I like to make decisions with information and facts, I am learning to make faster decisions by short-cutting the information I need to make decisions.
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