Ernesto Cardoso
HR Country Manager at Adidas Argentina

In the section "Decision makers" we summoned CEOs, Directors and Managers of leading companies to share their experience in decision making. In this edition, Ernesto Cardoso, HR Country Manager at Adidas Argentina.

"The best advice for someone who has to make a decision is "do not procrastinate" i.e. do not wait until the last minute to decide."

  1. Could you tell us one of the toughest decisions you had to make?

One of the hardest decisions I had to make in my life was changing careers from Corporate Finance to Human Resources.

  1. How do you address these complex decisons?

The first major step in addressing this change was to understand what I really wanted to do professionally. To achieve this, I had to face a long process of listening to myself deep inside, understanding who I was as a person, what my talents were, i.e., what I could do more intuitively, "what am I and what am I not good at?", knowing what things motivated me, mobilized me, made me happier and finally having the courage to make the change.

The main force to deal with when taking this decision was "fear" of losing what I had achieved so far from the professional point of view, of making a mistake and clinging to what I had achieved economically.

  1. What advice would you give someone who wants to improve their decision making?

The best advice for someone who has to make a decision is "do not procrastinate" i.e. do not wait until the last minute to decide. At the last moment, you have already missed the time to prepare, missed alternatives and/or opportunities and bargaining power. You have to be the owner of the decision and do not allow time to take the decision for you.

Experience has shown me that the more we move away from what we are and what we want to be, the more difficult it will be to decide to change and eventually someday "others" will make the decision for us. And finally, to make a good decision, it is also important to consider history, experience; we must capitalize on what has been done and transform it into something new, I suggest avoiding "the notion of staring with a clean slate"!