Changing Yourself – Fix a Problem and Create a New One?

Change Decision Making ConceptEthan was, in his own words, a reasoned decision maker.  Others saw him as glacially slow, overly analytical, prone to second-guessing himself and others, and afraid to make a decision until he was armed with a semi-trailer load of facts confirming his path.  While no one questioned the general accuracy of his decisions, feedback clearly showed that his long deliberations and inability to accept even minimal risk created an unacceptable bottleneck in the new product development area. Continue reading

The Authenticity Cop-Out

Businessman sitting on conference tableThe leadership team was trying to come together on a decision about how to jointly manage the rapidly constricting work space in their growing divisions.  Jason wasn’t completely on board with the majority viewpoint, nor was Martha.  So Bruce, the VP, first asked Jason a question – if a few concessions were made in the solution, could Jason give the decision his blessing?  Jason admitted that he would have preferred a different solution, but he agreed that he could live with the decision with the named concessions. Continue reading

The ‘Trying’ Cop-Out

try harder motivation noteConsider these two quotes:

“Trying is always enough.”  ― Patricia Briggs, Dragon Bones

“There is no try. There is only do.”  ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars Continue reading

Willful Blindness: A Leader’s Self-Deception

Blindfolded businessman over white backgroundDuring the 1973 Watergate hearings, Senator Howard H. Baker Jr. asked, “What did the President know, and when did he know it?”  With those words, he held the leader of the country accountable for implicitly sanctioning illegal activity by failing to take action against it.  He held the President accountable to a legal standard that author Margaret Heffernan (Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril) describes this way:  “If there is knowledge that you could have had, should have had but chose not to have, you are still responsible.” Continue reading