What if it’s a bad decision? What if it’s a good decision but there was a better one?
The trouble is that fear of making a less than perfect decision often means that no decision is made at all and that can be even worse. Organisations can become dinosaur-like simply because decision making at the top is so painfully slow.
Or, maybe you know the decision you should make but there is something holding you back.
How much do you really think for yourself? I mean really question…
In the days after the death of Margaret Thatcher I’ve been struck by the enormous depth of feeling about her and her policies that many people still demonstrate on whichever side of the political fence they sit.
So clearly we don’t forget…or do we? You’d think the apparent high level of emotional response and political argument her death has generated would signify a clear memory of that era and the decisions made.
You’d think that as a nation and as leaders in the workplace we could learn from the triumphs and disasters of history to build a bigger and brighter future for all. Read more
For many reasons we can get exasperated with people as we try desperately to get them to do what we want.
The workplace can easily seem like a bloody battleground as wills collide over what needs to be done and how it should be achieved. Although some people thrive on conflict and actively seek it out – the majority of us find it stressful and exhausting.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
This wise quote is often attributed to Harry S Truman but actually Bob Woodruff said similar and rumour has it so did Eleanor Roosevelt – so, ironically, let’s leave who gets the credit for this as an open door…
Whatever the case, it seems that the neediness of our fragile egos can trip us up on a regular basis when it comes to influencing and negotiating effectively. The good news in conflict resolution is that much of this hassle is completely unnecessary.