Impact You: Create Your Leadership Ripple Effect
About This Show
It’s simple but not necessarily easy. Organization Impact helps individuals, teams and organizations reach their goals. Success rarely happens by accident. We help you identify the talent, skills and strategies that drive success and profitability. The Impact You Podcast is about creating conversations to help you create your leadership ripple effect.
Most Recent Episode
32 - Decisions: Maybe isn't an option
Jun 2 15
Have you been there? You are a part of management team but you don’t seem to be making progress. Your meetings feel like a scene from the movie, The Groundhog Day. You discuss issues over and over but a solution is never implemented. It is a frustration that will take even the most laid back professional to the edge.
How does this happen? Leaders…this issue is yours. A delay in making a decision on important issues is actually making a decision. And it has a big impact on your team.
Two Considerations for Leaders:
You must have accountability to outcomesAs the leader of your organization (or department), the responsibility for outcomes is yours. Your outcomes may include financials, client relationships, reduced turnover or innovation; but those can only result when you make the decisions to either pursue or abandon a specific course of action.
Are you risk adverse?Your personality may instill in you an opposition to taking risks and as such, you may be pensive on decisions because you feel you never have enough pertinent data. One remedy for this mindset is to clearly outline the potential benefits and risks to your issue. Secondly, create a contingency plan if the decision to move forward is not successful.
Three Consequences of No Decisions
Missed opportunitiesThe dynamic of never having enough information to pull the trigger on a decision or the tendency to keep revisiting a similar issue over and over may cause you to miss key opportunities. Your competitors are willing to at least try. And even if they miss the mark a bit, they may be ahead of you in the market.
An injured teamYour team “dies” a little bit every time they see you cycle into a delay mode. Several things occur. When they believe they have completed due diligence and explored every possible what if scenario, they question your trust in them. When they see the group “going down the same road again” mindset, they worry about the wasted time, energy and resources spent on an idea that may never come to pass and question your understanding of what they do.
Let’s face it. As the leader, you have an enormous res