Keys to Delegating Decision-Making

Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided. ~Anthony Robbins

Making a decision is all well and good, but the action required to follow through is where the rubber meets the road. For some, the hardest part is in making the decision, for others it’s the follow through and for some it can be both. In both our personal and business lives, we’re faced with daily decisions; some are of little consequence, while others can have a significant impact. Ensuring you have all the information possible before making a decision goes a long way towards being at peace with the outcome.

Also, it’s important to understand that sometimes you just have to make a decision based on the information available at the time and accept that the best choice possible was made based on that information. Occasionally, the best decision is no decision at all; as the old saying goes “When in doubt…don’t.”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Decidophobia is the fear of making decisions.

The word decidophobia was first mentioned by Princeton University philosopher Walter Kaufmann in his 1973 book ‘Without guilt and justice’ in which he writes about the phobia in length.

In ‘Without Guilt and Justice’, Kaufman describes people with decidophobia as people who lack the courage or will to sort through the different sides in disagreements to find the truth. They would rather leave the deciding of what is the truth to some authority. This might be a parent or spouse. It might be a church or university or a political party. Once the decidophobe has relinquished authority to decide the truth then they will accept as truth anything argued by that authority.

As parents, we need to empower and educate our children about the importance of decision-making skills. Just as in business, empowering associates, employees or virtual workers to tackle effective decision-making and follow through can change the entire dynamic of the workplace. It’s recommended to note that empowering others to make important decisions should be preceded by ensuring they have the necessary knowledge, skills and background to make those decisions and take appropriate action.

Running a virtual workforce company for over ten years, I’ve found that one of the biggest challenges to embracing this style of work is tracked back to decision-making. Employers and managers find themselves at a loss when they must transition their management style to accommodate workers with greater autonomy. It is necessary for productivity and efficiency that virtual workers are allowed greater autonomy and decision-making abilities. Virtual workers, likewise, need to acknowledge and accept the increased responsibility placed on them as off-site resources.

Keys to creating an environment for more independent and effective decision-making include:

  • clear communication
  • defined expectations and deliverables
  • trust
  • history
  • knowledge
  • education
  • experience
  • empowerment
  • confidence
  • respect

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One Response to “Keys to Delegating Decision-Making”
  1. Audrey says:

    This post has hit a very important basic element to what it takes to be successful. Without taking on the responsibility for our decisions; i.e., making and acting on them, we are unable to fully experience success in the various aspects of life from relationships to career.

    I found this post a very timely reminder on one of the fundamental components of living life well.

    Keep these well-written, thought provoking posts coming, WCWC!

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