This issue of the Journal contains a lot of stories that relate to decisions — our sources had to decide whether to close their business, whether to change their business model, whether to re-open.

There are various ways to make a decision, but most executives will agree that a decision — or action — is better than no decision.

At a certain level, executives are trained to make decisions quickly.

With any decision it’s common knowledge that you have a 50% chance of being right.

In the time of COVID-19, decisions have consequences. As many executives reading this know, the decisions you make affect not only your employee’s livelihoods, but their lives, and the lives of all the people they touch — or trace to, as we say.

Many businesses have taken the approach that whatever the financial cost, their employees and of course their customers must be safeguarded.

They have made those decisions quickly and done what needs to be done.

Which brings us to the Government of Guam and its advisors.

The Government of Guam has warned us of the effects of not taking COVID-19 seriously.

We hear the three W’s endlessly: Wear a mask; Wash your hands, Watch your distance.

And indeed, most of us do.

But the sensitivity to the fourth W: What shall I do to save my business, the jobs of my employees — is lacking. 

This paper has seen and heard the distress of our businesses.

At the very least, the Governor of Guam should decide quickly and in open consultation. 

We need to believe there is leadership in that decision and it was not made with the flip of a coin. No decision should be shared or implemented in Guam without the detailed Executive Order and the Department of Public Health’s Guidelines at the ready. mbj