“Whose decision is this?”

Something our new CEO mentioned in the recent quarterly meeting was that we currently do too much decide-by-committee — we need to establish clear decision rights so after discussing an issue, we know who is responsible for making the decision.  He said that a question we should be asking a lot more is, “Whose decision is this?”

Yes!  Looking back, several times that has been the argument underneath the argument when my supervisor and I didn’t agree on the course to take.  On the surface it seemed that we were disagreeing on whether approach A or B was better — but actually the unspoken disagreement was, whose decision is this?

We’ve briefly touched on this issue before… but now to have a CEO who’s taking leadership in this area… wow!


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