“Decide with your head. Act with your heart.”

Last week Nigel Dessau, CMO at AMD, was kind enough to share his insights on marketing and leadership with me. While I’ll be sharing many of these lessons in an upcoming book, there was one quote that I wanted to discuss right away.

“Decide with your head. Act with your heart.”

Nigel shared this in the context of dealing with a difficult personnel issue. But the advice can apply to many types of decisions. Make decisions with facts, with sound rational judgment and with careful consideration. Not hastily and emotionally. But when it comes time to act, do so with passion, with empathy and with courage. This is a powerful combination that will make you a leader others will follow.

For other bits of advice from Nigel, visit his 3 Minute Mentor site for a series of pithy videos.