The first time my young son got the puck in a game and purposely did not fire it off his stick immediately, I saw the power of “presence of mind” in action – it was a game changer.
For those who do not know, hockey it is a ‘ball’ sport where passing the puck between players to get into a scoring position is key. Sound a little like strategy? Well, there is strategy to it.
The “ah ha” here is that when we get an “extra” moment to make a better decision we should take it. The time it takes to assess options is almost always less than the time (and cost) it takes to fix a poor choice – and, the difference in the quality of the decision can define trajectory.
In fact, even when we don’t think we have that moment (competitive pressure is too high, internal political tension is too great), we should perhaps MAKE A MOMENT.