At the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels led a session on decision making. Already one of the things he said has started having an impact (notice I avoided saying 'impacting.' I thank you) upon our team's life. He suggested making a trial decision before the actual decision. Imagine you have decided in one way or another and live for a few days (or even hours if pushed) with how that feels. It may enable you, as you think your way into it, to change your mind.
Bill mentioned that most leaders live with axioms - statements that they tend to bring out regularly which guide their decision making. His own team asked him to write them down and on a long-haul flight when the movies were duff he did just that. Expecting to have 20 or so he ended up with 76 and they are the subject matter of his latest book.
Think you don't have axioms? Think again. Here's some of mine which I came up with after no long-haul flight whatsoever:
Ideas have wings
None of us is as smart as all of us
Always think of the needs of outsiders
Look for It
Sometimes the best prayer is, 'Lord I'm still listening'
Most times, good enough is good enough
In the battle of the heating system, 'I'm too cold' always wins
Doing isn't always better than being
Ministry by hanging around
Leave space in your diary for reactive stuff
You don't get to decide where your problem goes on my priority list
Review and learn
There will be more.