Executive Paralysis: How Thinking You Can Do It All Can Trap You Into Doing Nothing

Scientifically labelled, Analysis Paralysis, is an anti-pattern, the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome.

At the end of every calendar year, milestones, KPIs and endless demands become a game against the clock, many executives find themselves moving slower instead of faster, with the pressures of making the “right” decision resulting in non-decision. Second-guessing instead of productive movement becomes a cyclical trap.

Unfortunately, this decision paralysis is often incredibly damaging for two reasons. First, it causes your team to second-guess all of their decisions, making it almost impossible for them to stay productive. According to a recent study by Project: Time Off, surprisingly even the millennial generation gets just as trapped into “Work Martyrs” as any of the Boomers who have always been criticized for such actions. Check for yourself to see if you have ever thought any of the study’s most common excuses:

  • “No one else at my company can do the work while I’m away.”
  • “I want to show complete dedication to my company and job.”
  • “I don’t want others to think I am replaceable.”
  • “I feel guilty for using my paid time off.”

The demands of martyrdom almost never yield thriving businesses or happy leaders. More often, exhaustion, stress, anxiety, poor health, reduced productivity and relationship problems are the reward for the nonstop dedication.

Once we reach the space of “Work Martyr”, we are consumed with analysis paralysis, sometimes called decision paralysis. At this stage, we have two routes of escape (that’s right, only 2).

1.      Reduce the sources of stress

2.      Increase your ability to manage the effects of stress

So let’s assume that you have had enough of playing “Work Martyr” and want to reclaim your time and energy. We refer to that space as Xanadu, your refuge from the storm, your own formula for decreasing stress and increasing profitability.

So where to start? The entire premise of the Xanadu Code is to identify the best practices of top leaders in their fields and replicate those practices that empower without debilitating. What are your top techniques for maxing out your productivity while maintaining a healthy life balance?

Knowledge is power. By identifying and capitalizing on proven methods to reduce stress and maximize productivity and life satisfaction, the Xanadu Code, the path to peaceful innovation and progress, becomes clear.

For more information, contact founder and CEO Zsolt Bicskey at www.XanaduCode.com.