Eeny Meeny, Miny Moe, Catch the Tiger by the Toe … – By Arnie Wohlgemut
If there is one leadership attribute that has a biggest effect on an organization’s success, it’s being decisive.
We all know people who have a hard time making a decision. Recently I saw a commercial from a sandwich chain that offered a different sandwich everyday to help people make a choice. In my experience, not being decisive has a negative effect on staff and the organization.
First, a leader who can’t make a decision severely cripples an organization. I’ve heard staff complaining that nothing ever gets done – especially after a big meeting. They simply sit in their cubical without knowing what the next step is. So they wait for their leader, thinking: I’ll never get that hour back.”
On the other hand, decisive organizations make waves. Apple is the company it is today because their leader was decisive. Steve Jobs provided clarity of focus. He insistent on consistent evaluations and constant measuring of success. Decisions are easy when there is a clear goal. Jobs was decisive: if it didn’t meet the goal it was nixed.
Secondly, in order to be an effective decision-maker, you need a goal and measurable action items. These help you make the right decision. Note that I said action items. Things that lead to a predictable outcome, things you must do. Not “Sally” in the next office. Not “Joe” the sales manager.
You get it?! Act on the things you have control over!
Thirdly, being decisive builds confidence. Not knowing what to do next is the largest single de-motivator in organizations today. Lack of clarity is a contributor to leaders not being decisive.
Steve Jobs provided clarity. The whole team knew the direction they were taking when the iPod was being designed. That clarity made every decision simple at all levels of the organization.
Want staff who are focused? Provide clarity and be a decisive leader! You will never have all the facts and by the time you do, situations have changed which will change the type of decisions you need to make.