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Executive decision-making: Turn buck-passers into decision makers

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It’s tough to manage people who hate making decisions. Your patience may wane as these worrywarts skirt issues.

The Antidote: Executive Decision-Making: Influencing with Integrity

Help them take a stand:

Applaud decisiveness. By praising individuals for their decisiveness, you alert buck-passers that you’re not going to punish them for trying their best. In fact, the more you praise acts of courage, the more you spur slowpokes.

Tolerate misfires. Create an environment where bad decisions don’t trigger your wrath. Extract lessons rather than pointing fingers. Buck-passers may take charge once they sense you won’t embarrass them if they mess up.

Dangle a carrot. Delegate the most coveted assignments to decisive employees. Or name only your best decision makers to high-visibility teams. Explain to buck-passers that they, too, can advance by adopting bolder habits.

To help you make the proper decision every time – and in record time – the publishers of the Executive Leadership newsletter have teamed with a top change management consultant and New York Times bestselling author. Together, we’ve developed a fascinating interactive webinar to help you hone your decision-making … and influence the decisions others make, too. Executive Decision-Making: Influencing with Integrity

Coach and debrief. Hold buck-passers accountable for their dallying. How? Ask them to keep a log of three decisions they make each day. At week’s end, review the log with them and dissect each decision together.

Once they start forcing themselves to be decisive, they may cotton to it. And by helping them analyze the upshot of their decisions, you emphasize the need to learn and grow rather than point fingers.

Give real-time feedback. When you notice a buck-passer trying to stall or sidestep a decision, promptly meet with the person and point it out. For example, during a break in a meeting, say, “You just laid out all the options without telling us which one you prefer. When we reconvene, I’m going to ask you to pick the best alternative and explain why.”


During Executive Decision-Making: Influencing with Integrity you'll learn:
  • Just what is a decision (the answer may surprise you!)
  • The underlying factors behind how decisions get made
  • How change actually happens
  • What happens when a decision gets made
  • Ways to influence decisions from the level of systems and change
  • New skills needed to be able to influence others
  • External AND internal factors influencing decision-making
  • And much more!
EXTRA ADDED BONUS! Register today and you‘ll also receive Decision-Making: A Six-Step Guide to Choosing Your Best Option. Discover how to evaluate options, implement the plan, and break bad habits. Register for the webinar


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