“A Leader’s Range of Decision-Making Options” personal stories

This is a short post concerning this subject since I can’t remember ever witnessing these options being discussed, or exhibited. The example I gave in the original post (“but if they come up with the wrong answer I have the right answer here in my pocket”) is the only example, as bad as it is, of any consideration for using these options.

What I did find was bosses deferring decisions to those they either liked, talked the loudest, or the most, or to those who had a successful track record. Some bosses used anger and shouting to end a conversation about a decision. If the manager was weak their decisions were ignored and/or delayed by their employees.

The result of these behaviors undermined morale, increased dissension in the group, caused members of the group to remain silent when discussing decision-making options (“why speak. They won’t listen to me anyway”), and the infamous, “quit and stay” behavior (minimal commitment, and work, to keep a job).

Please review the original post to see the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Give them a try, but remember, once you decide on an option stick with it. Changing in mid-stream will undermine the process, and your leadership. Trust is a key element that must be present to give these options a chance to succeed. These options do work when used at the appropriate time.

Bias against action: There are always plenty of reasons not to make a decision, reasons to wait for more information, more options, more opinions. But real leaders display a consistent bias for action. People who don’t make mistakes generally don’t make anything. Legendary ad man David Ogilvy argued that a good decision today is worth far more than a perfect decision next month. Beware prevaricators.

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Author: maxbinkley

Creator of Leadership to the Max My experience in the military helped set the career path for me in human resources. After the military I worked for The Dow Chemical Company and left there in 1993 to venture out on my own. I purchased a small business, then a franchise then started another business in semi-retirement.

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