Episode 68: 6 Ways To Make Better Decisions In High Stress Situations

Have you ever made a decision that you looked back on and asked yourself, “What was I thinking?”

I don’t know about you, but that has definitely happened to me and it is definitely not a good feeling. In the moment, we thought that we were making an informed, logical decision that was just dripping with common sense. 

But there is a reason that they say “hindsight is 20/20” and some of our decisions make us look foolish, fill us with regret and make us vow to do better the next time.

As private school leaders, we make hundreds of decisions a day. Those decisions are often second-guessed by parents, teachers, students or board members. Sometimes all of the above!

How can we possibly get it right all the time? Especially when we are stressed out, emotional, feeling like we need to act quickly and we are pretty sure that we don’t have all of the facts? 

Well, the answer is that we CAN’T get it right all the time. But, we can implement some strategies that will help us get it right more often. On today’s episode of The Private School Leader Podcast, we are going to discuss 6 Ways To Make Better Decisions In High Stress Situations.

Thank you for listening to the podcast every week. You are making a difference in the lives of the students, teachers and parents at your school. I know that what you do is difficult, exhausting and lonely. Your hard work inspires me to keep making weekly content to try to encourage and inspire you as you serve your school.

Thanks for all you do,

Mark Minkus

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