Time to decide.
As organization models have shifted over time the need to make decisions daily has increased. But a lot of us are blowing it.
An under appreciated role in manager-as-leader is decision-making. Moving things forward. Yet we often avoid decisions leaving them undone like an unmade bed.
Do It Now
Managing through group, then teams and now collaboratively is still fairly new to humans. Much of the leadership history of humankind has been dominated by authoritarians: kings, despots, dictators, etc. Working in concert is still a relatively new phenomenon and a bit murky.
Thus some prefer waiting for “others” to make decisions.
And in the modern era (post-industrial revolution) we've become inundated with data and quasi news of all sort. Not that there is much “new” as existent information is simply repackaged and re-sent daily but its still a lot to handle.
Given the workplace model and an overload of information some managers get stuck in their tracks.
But we can't afford to.
Make the Call
Compelling leaders make decisions and go for it.
Considering the best information available about goals, stakeholders, environment etc., they make choices and move on fully knowing there's no such thing as perfect and tomorrow may bring a different reality.
This isn't to advocate shooting from the hip, behaving randomly or irrationally. We're not talking “Ready, Fire, Aim” here. Leaders do their due diligence. But they don't allow group dynamics to make this review endless.
And yes sometimes leaders make mistakes. Yet not often – because some mistakes are too big and costly to be written off smugly as “learning” experiences. Have enough “learning experiences” at a high enough premium in most companies and you will be fired.
That's the risk of being a leader.
Yet, you don't get to be that decision-maker unless you are willing to make the call. To choose an option and take that risk.
What Will You Know Tomorrow that You Don't Know Today?
Inaction is both the bane and hallmark of large organization structure. Whether your model is hierarchical, team-based or collaborative you are most likely managing your enterprise through some form of group and this structure is in many ways the most effective approach.
But not in decision-making. That's your call.
Don't allow group dynamics to result in revisiting, reconsidering, delaying, tabling, avoiding or siting on the decisions that are crucial to the business. Drive decisions regardless of the model.
Focus on the goal, clarify the options, and make the call.
Or someone else will.