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Pressure Cooker Decisions – Solid Decision-Making in Uncertain Times

When I think about a pressure cooker, I immediately picture a boiling teapot device, screeching obnoxiously on a kitchen stove. In reality, modern day pressure cookers are miraculous. These nifty kitchen gadgets will increase cooking efficiency significantly by their ability to harness rising internal temperatures. Thanks to my daughter’s new obsession with the Instant Pot®, I also discovered that the end product of a pressure-cooked meal can be a timely, quality feast.

Leaders make pressure cooker decisions all of the time. Leaders are expected to execute organizational objectives, achieve revenue, manage expenses, confront issues, and deal with rapidly changing circumstances. And this atmosphere only intensifies when factoring in strong personalities and organizational culture.

So how do you make solid decisions when the temperature is increasing and the pressure is escalating? Our experience and research here at Milestone Leadership have shown one principle to be consistently true.

Values are the roadmap to end results.

The exercise of clearly defined, intentionally applied organizational values as a filter for decision-making can provide constancy in the midst of chaos and direction when facing an unknown future. Not only do values provide decision-making clarity for a leader, they also offer an anchoring effect on the culture of an organization. Practiced values provide stability and protect organizational culture from destabilizing pressures. Your values will lead you and your organization through rapid change and hard decisions.

Recently we had the privilege of partnering with a large organization that happened to be noticing an uptick in their morale. Given the current state of the world, this was perplexing. It turns out many of the front line leaders were practicing empathetic decisions in the way they cared for their team members who were working from home. Upon closer investigation, it was discovered that the empathetic decisions these leaders were making derived directly from the organization’s “People Matter” value. This organization provides a remarkable example of applying its values and seeing direct results.

Interested in taking this discussion further or looking for some practical implementation tips?

In just 45 minutes, we will share what our years of experience working alongside leaders worth following – ranging from new managers to C-suite executives – has taught us.

I want to personally invite you to participate in a complementary guided conversation among a handful of leaders from a range of industries, where we will discuss what Milestone Leadership has come to recognize as the fundamental roadmap for making the best decisions for yourself, your team and your organization.

Friday, July 10, 2020
1 p.m. CST

Seats are purposefully limited for this online session. Register here for your free spot on our interactive Zoom call, and in less than an hour you’ll walk away armed with a clear strategy that can be applied in your professional and personal life. If this session fills before you’re able to register or your schedule doesn’t allow you to participate this time, please be watching Milestone Leadership’s Facebook or LinkedIn pages  for announcement of future discussions–or reach out to me to receive details about later sessions.


Erik Dees 
Program Manager – Milestone Leadership



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