The roar of the crowd was deafening. The shouts of jubilation from Patriot players and fans as audible as the gasps from the Seahawks. It's been called the game ending interception. 

And there is no doubt that the sound of bad leadership decisions can feel like the resounding decibel level of of a major stadium full of fans as you sit in your office and play it over and over again in your head.  As a leader, you WILL make some bad decisions.  Some will be biggies and some easily fixed; some will have far reaching and long lasting consequences, and some you will be able to brush off. 

" The reality is that important decisions made by intelligent, responsible people with the best intentions are sometimes hopelessly flawed".  Harvard Business Review Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions" by Andrew Campbell, Jo Whitehead and Sydney Finkelstein. " Leaders make quick decisions by recognizing patterns in the situations they encounter, bolstered by emotional associations attached to those patterns.  Most of the time, the process works well, but it can result in serious mistakes when judgements are biased".

Russell Wilson "You have different options....we thought we had them...I thought it was going to be game over".

Hindsight, debriefing, review- it all looks easier from there, but in the moment, you identify what it is you are dealing with, assess it and manage the situation by making a decision to act.
Our brains leap to conclusions and are reluctant to consider alternatives; we are particularly bad at revisiting our initial assessment of a situation.

And here is where, as a leader, you need to acknowledge that bad decisions happen.  You make some.  Fix what you can and move on from what you can't . 

Pete Carroll "for it to come down to a play like that I hate that we have to live with that because we did everything right to win the football game."

Stay classy, Seahawks.  



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