Published on 2015-04-23 by John Collins. Please follow me on Twitter for more:
Imagine a scenario with a group of engineers presenting two viable options to a manager to progress a project forward: both options are laid out in detail; both have merit; but the engineers cannot choose a way forward without guidance from the manager. Which option should the manager decide to implement?
Sometimes a manager will stall a decision by using a number of tactics such as:
This stalling can often be for legitimate reasons, after all the approaches described above are useful, however sometimes a manager does not want to be the one making the decision, so they are simply stalling for time.
From the perspective of some managers, you are never wrong if you never make a decision. Sadly in office politics, this statement holds true. If you give a problem enough time, someone else will eventually decide what to do, or it will be neglected enough to be forgotten about.
The lack of a decision making capacity in management results in a leadership deficit, one which engineers or any other knowledge workers will quickly identify, and resent. Management are expected to make difficult decisions from time to time, and may even get these wrong, but not facing up to them is the biggest mistake to make.