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!