You Are Paid To Make Decisions

August 24, 2021


Author: Karl Schoemer

Things are different today. The pace of change – combined with the speed of marketplace demands wrapped in a sea of information – requires more and faster decisions at ever-lower organization levels. It’s the only way businesses can compete, and it’s the only way your employer can survive.

Making decisions is part of your job. Like it or not, decisions are part of every job, at every level, in every organization. This is truer today than yesterday and will be truer tomorrow than today.

In fact, making decisions vs. executing the task is a primary responsibility, regardless of your role, title, or tenure.

  • Need some information to make that decision? Go get it.
  • Need to discuss the possible results first? Pick up the phone.
  • Need to consult with the team first? Call them together.

If you would rather defer, stall, stay quiet, or let someone else decide, you’re putting yourself at risk. Making no decision is a decision – with commensurate consequences.

Organizations are investing time, money, and energy each day to equip people with what’s needed to make decisions. Understand that you are paid to make decisions. Use your intellect, your experience, your good judgment, your intuition. Don’t procrastinate or duck responsibility.  Decide . . . it’s what you are paid for.

What You Can Do:

  • Let go of thinking it’s not your responsibility.
  • Seek information – talk to the customer, do the research, find the facts.
  • Trust yourself.
  • Make the decision.





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