Are you spending most of your time “making decisions” or “solving problems” as Peter Drucker once phrased it? How do you tell the difference? Decisions are often about next year, solving problems is usually about this year. Decisions can be very few, problems are often many. Decision making is usually on the balcony. Solving problems is usually on the dance floor. Decisions are often the most productive use of your time. Solving problems is often the least productive use of your time. Decisions are usually about strategy. Solving problems is usually about tactics. Want a simple test? Ask yourself, how big is the impact of the time you spent on the last matter you worked on? I’d like to hear from you.