The approach that we choose tells a story about us. It reveals what we think and exposes what we value. Occasionally, the options we're choosing between are relatively inconsequential, such as when we're making a choice from a menu. In many cases, perhaps most, those choices affect others and become much more important.
I often reminded my children through their growing-up years that "options are a good thing". This was said in the context of having choices of multiple paths based upon their experience and preparation. Certainly this is one way in which options matter.
In a business setting, I'm amazed daily at the options that exist for getting work accomplished and for motivating team members to achieve a goal. It seems that the alternatives are as numerous as the people offering them for consideration. It can be overwhelming if you allow it to be.
Sometimes, the business options presented are polar opposites. Most often, however, there are common threads that run through them. It's a matter of finding those threads and pulling them to see where they lead. When you can find the threads, the common elements, you will be guided to the best choice under the circumstances. When a group of business people share the same purpose, backed by the same values, they can leverage the power of different perspectives. That in turn can result in the optimum decision, one where all (or at least most!) of the angles have been considered.
We live in a world of countless choices to be made daily. When the choice affects others, and is significant in scope or impact, it's crucial to remember the ultimate outcome that is desired. What are you trying to accomplish? Will the best interests of the organization be served? Will the choice you make move you toward your vision? If it affects customers, will they be the beneficiary of the decision?
You can Google almost anything these days, but making the right choice remains a uniquely human and personal decision. I encourage you to make informed and thoughtful choices; your future and that of those in your professional network depend upon it.