Try these techniques to handle a boss who procrastinates:
No answer = yes. If your boss keeps postponing making a key personnel move or a strategic decision, make it yourself while blazing a paper trail. Send memos that describe actions you propose, and give a deadline for feedback if the boss objects. That way, you can assume consent if you don’t get a response.
“I was getting fed up with how long it was taking us to hire a support person,” says a manager at a 40-employee manufacturing firm.
“So I decided on the candidate I wanted and sent my notoriously indecisive boss a memo confirming whom I intended to hire on Friday, with the offer of employment spelled out. When I saw my boss in the hall, I said, ‘Did you read my memo?’ He muttered ‘yeah’ and walked off. That was all I needed to proceed.”
Offer a choice. After you identify your boss’s preferred mode of communication (e-mail, memo, voice mail, etc.), send him a menu of options. Your goal is to get a response to your specific request. For example, if you’re awaiting your , propose two dates and times and ask, “Which one’s better?”