Why indecision leads to failure – a perspective

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Why indecision leads to failure – a perspective

2018-11-20 Uncategorized 1

Indecision is the absence of a leadership decision, where there should have been one. And I write ”should have been” on purpose, since a decision would arguably have supported the intended direction of the company better than no decision at all.

Today, leadership decisions supporting strategy and business direction are often complex, dynamic and difficult to even grasp. Making the right choices on an informed platform requires intricate analytics, often on multiple levels. Decisions are not seldom having to be made based on certain assumptions and scenarios. Sometimes just to make the analysis comprehensible.

Needless to say, this can be intimidating and frightening beyond belief and trigger a plethora of human reactions for people trying to make the right decisions. I have experienced that from time to time indecision prevails, as a choice. Instead of doing something, nothing is done. This “something” would arguably have supported the “should have been” in the first sentence above.

Since most employees are clever, creative and confident, the “law of indecision” will dictate that not making any decision at all, will hurt your business more than making any decision. Simply because indecision erodes the relationship between the people of the organization, through lack of communication, direction and intent. This hurts more than just making a wrong decision and owning the issue.

At AERORAS Consulting, we focus on authenticity and mutual respect. Being a leader is not a simple task, but often a main attractor of shitstorms and ignorance. AERORAS Consulting helps you build your report in leadership, enabling decision-making and strategic growth.

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One Response

  1. Dave Curran says:

    A very poignant post, so soon after the Lion Air accident. My compliments.

    In the light of an increasing drive towards “Self-Certification” of airframers, it is particularly important that leadership is able to sift out the mission-critical information from the background noise and react accordingly, especially in an industry where inaction is NOT an option.

    Good management will be courageous in fulfilling its obligations to ensure safety. The authorities will be pragmatic in fulfilling their obligations to ensure appropriate application. Neither should be criticised for doing their jobs well.

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