Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What the Hell!


I've been working on a managerial decision making process for one of our VPs. I know, I know, sounds like a set-up for a Dilbert strip. But really, it's very comprehensive - it factors in financial formulas, risk assessment, and 12 other criteria. It's going to be used for those big, honking, complex decisions that can make or break the company. It's proprietary, so too bad I can't share it with you.

However, I can share with you a decision making guideline that should work for about 99% of the rest of the decisions that we face in our day-to-day lives. I got it from Tom Peter's blog. He found this card in a Boston card shop:

"Ever notice that 'what the hell' is always the right decision?" - unknown Hollywood script writer, (courtesy of The Borealis Press).

Tom's advice: At some point (today), despite "overload", just say "what the hell", and go for it!

(Likewise, worry if it's been more than a week or so since you said to yourself, "what the hell.")

2 comments:

Andres V Acosta said...

Nice ... reminds me of that scene in the movie Risky Business:

"Sometimes in life, you just gotta say "What the (bleep)." "What the (bleep)" gives you freedom. Freedom brings opportunity. Opportunity makes your future".

Dan McCarthy said...

Andres -
thanks for that add! One of my all-time favorite movies.
Nice look on your new blog header.