The Art and Skill of Decision-Making Part 1 of 5

| July 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

It was late afternoon and I was on a conference call with an executive who had recently left his company. He is a good leader – competent, hardworking, with a solid track record. Yes – even in this economy good people do leave.

We were in the midst of completing a cultural analysis to determine the type of company culture for which he would be best suited. The executive wanted to be sure not to find himself in the same situation going forward.

It had been a good conversation. He was thoughtful and articulate. We began discussing the topic of decision making, taking a look at previous companies and what the ideal company would look like. The energy of the conversation rose exponentially. “That was the problem – that was my biggest frustration! That’s what drove my increased avoidance with the leadership team, my growing lack of engagement. We just couldn’t make a decision. When we did it took forever and within weeks what had been decided was virtually undecided by either passive-aggressive behavior or complete lack of execution.”

The ability to make decisions that are timely, based on relevant facts and are supported by action is a fundamental skill for any team, but most importantly, the leadership team. Have you lost good people, business opportunities or the level of employee engagement because of your company’s quality of decision making? Think about it. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Julia Hill-Nichols

LeadersCove LLC

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Julia Hill-Nichols, SPHR, is the founder of LeadersCove, LLC. With over 30 years experience in operations and human capital management, Julia is gifted in the art and science of bridging strategic imperatives and a company’s human capabilities—executing for success, meeting bottom-line objectives and enlivening the people who are the organization’s lifeblood.

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