Before You Make a Decision | No BS Management Advice

People come to you to decide things because you’re their manager. Before you succumb to the internal pressure, do this first.

Read Full Transcript

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, and welcome back for more No BS Management Advice. And today's piece of advice, I know I've committed this mistake myself, I'm sure you have, too, and it's the mistake of believing that you have to act in the moment, rather than slowing down just a little bit, listening to the different sides, constituencies and opinions before making a decision.
You see, everyone's lobbying for advantage, and everyone's withholding information and they're coming to you for a decision. You feel because you've got that title, you've got that role, just like I've had that title and that role, as though, you have to make a decision right now, this second, at this moment, without getting additional input, without even asking for advice from others before making that choice. I know I've made this mistake many, many times.
Often, I've been in situations where I've been tense, wired from my day, bombarded and now I'm being interrupted with a problem and my head is in a completely different space. All I want someone to do a shut up, go away, leave me alone. And the reality is, I make a mistake, a mistake that can prove costly to them, to me, to an organization as it has in the past.
I'm just going to encourage you slow down. Listen. Ask questions. Deliberate. If it's not the right time for you to listen, send someone away. Tell them, very simply,
I've got other things on my plate right now, book an appointment for tomorrow morning. Let's sit down and talk for 15 minutes about this situation. Once you have their input, ask them who else is affected? Go to that person, do the same thing. Get them on the calendar for 15 minutes, then advocate for their position. Ask them questions. Then make the decision. Very few decisions have to be made at that moment. And, if they do, you have to ask the question. "Why did you wait for the last second for a decision? What's that all about," and process them for that rather than for the subject.
You have to act according to your agenda, not someone else's, unless it's someone you report to. Most of the time, it's staffers who are demanding attention. They want to be right. They want to get on your good side and they want to win. That doesn't necessarily help you, does it?


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”

Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or (phone)

Subscribe to the “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast.” 

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or (phone)

Connect with Me on LinkedIn 

For more No BS Coaching Advice, visit my website.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

About the author

Leave a Comment, Thought, Opinion. Speak like you're speaking with someone you love.

%d bloggers like this: