Sure, the heart’s primary function is to pump life-sustaining blood through the body’s circulatory system. Then why is our language so filled with heart references in subjects having nothing to do with its apparent only physiological role? As in
- I know it by heart
- Cross my heart and hope to die
- She's (he's) a heart-throb
- Heart-felt and sincerest wishes
- I love you with all my heart
- Home is where the heart is
What’s this got to do with decision-making?
When deciding what leadership behaviors or actions a particular situation requires from me, I’ve found it best to engage both my brain AND my heart by answering five simple questions.
First, to ensure that you touch on each aspect of the mental processes involved, do what Ann Herrmann refers to as a Whole Brain Decision-Making Walk Around , mentally “walking around” the Whole Brain® four-quadrant model asking:
- Do I have all of the facts?
- What level of control will I have?
- How will this decision affect others?
- Have I seen and considered all of the hidden possibilities?
- How does this decision feel?
Ultimately, there are no good or bad ways to make decisions. There are only the consequences that follow from them. Considering all aspects of the mental processes involved, as well as engaging with the heart, will increase the likelihood that the consequences of your decision will be positive.
  Doc Lew Childre and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of Heart- Math's Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart's Intelligence (HarperCollins: 1999), 28-34.
 Ned Herrmann and Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, The Whole Brain Business Book (New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 1996, 2015)
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