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bad decisions

Bad Decisions, How Will You Support Them?

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Empowered people make decisions. In the workplace, sometimes bad decisions are all that you have to work with. What should you do?

Leadership often has an interesting way of unfolding.

It’s common that employees at lower levels of the organization are faced with enduring the outcomes of poor decisions.

It’s about leadership, at all levels.

In many workplace scenarios, decisions are made by executive leaders and the middle managers are stuck with rolling out the new direction. When most agree with the direction, things can go well. Of course, the opposite is also true too.

If you are faced with supporting a decision you don’t agree with, what should you do?

Leadership has responsibility. Leadership comes from all organizational levels.

You should lead.

Navigating Bad Decisions

Some decisions are deal-breakers. Ethically challenged decisions or legally challenged decisions, those need to be weighed differently.

In most cases, your concerns over decisions or choices should be voiced. They should be voiced constructively and tactfully with those involved.

Once that opportunity, if it exists, is over, then your support will be required.

As an individual you should consider two high-road choices.

First, you can appropriately support a decision that you lack some agreement with and seek out the best possible results. Conduct business constructively and with a supportive attitude.

The second option isn’t as easy. If it is a major change and you completely believe this is the beginning of the end, you may have to make it the end by removing yourself.

Fighting what you feel is a bad decision with poor behavior and compromising team efforts, organizational culture, and lowering morale are destructive. Perhaps more destructive than the bad decision.

Great leaders at all levels navigate these scenarios tactfully and constructively.

Everyone wants middle ground on these two roads. Sometimes there are shades of grey. In other cases, it is straight forward, black and white, no grey.

The road you choose is a decision.

Make it a good one.

Two bad’s don’t make a good.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Good ideas

Good Ideas and Bad Ideas Both Have Impact

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Knowing the difference between good ideas and bad ideas is priceless. How can you tell? What are the traits of good ideas?

Problem solving often includes brainstorming. A group assembles, contributes, and leverages the flow of new ideas.

During the best problem-solving efforts, no idea is a bad idea. However, blocking or not offering ideas might be.

Ideas that seek inclusiveness and not alienation are usually helpful.

Honesty matters.

Bad Things

Conspiracy theories or using a political agenda may be the root of something bad.

Harmful or hurtful is a bad idea. Which includes ideas that are purposely destructive in nature.

Risk has a place in ideas. Too much risk may be a bad, yet some level of risk is often required. Launching a branding or marketing campaign may include risk, but are likely not organization ending in one fell swoop.

Too much anger, hurt, or certain types of fear can result in bad ideas. They may also stem from carelessness or be the result of something too hurried.

Many ideas are believable. Belief is created and as such, it can exist for both good and bad.

Does belief come from evidence or theory? Does it originate from fact or opinion?

Good Ideas

Good ideas will replace bad ideas.

The goal should be stated and carefully analyzed. Good ideas are transparent with their intent. They don’t stem from illusion, a masquerade, or bait and switch.

Even a little risk can be good. The rule of, “No risk, no reward.” applies.

Decision makers need more good ideas. They’re easier to follow and the mission has good intentions. They are easily shared and become appropriately popular.

Replace bad ideas with good ones.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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compelling ideas

Will Compelling Ideas Cause a Shift?

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There are lots of ideas floating around. Easily, more ideas than there is action. The hesitation, fear, and lack of action doesn’t help new ideas grow. Are you delivering compelling ideas? Ideas that are sticky and gain momentum?

Jump on The Box

For some people it is easy to get on the soap box. Hold up a cue card (metaphorically) and someone will jump on their box.

Once on the box, listeners sense the urgency, passion, and may be compelled to jump on board with the idea. They may also find disagreement and want to argue.

The challenge then for the soap box stander is to not only be compelling but also to be charismatic. It is similar to an election. Candidates get on the box. It is the stump speech.

How does this apply in the workplace?

It happens every day. Someone has a chance or the opportunity to get on the box. The messages that we exchange and engage with in the workplace are often followed by action and belief, or not.

Recently, at a speaking engagement someone asked me, “How do you teach up the ladder, get executives involved, and gain buy-in?” I thought the answer was easy, I responded with, “You have to be compelling.”

Compelling Ideas

I love the opportunity to get on the box. Sometimes I have to reel myself back in before I take things too far. Change is often about small doses of a good idea, spread across time. The big picture is just too much, too soon.

Like the closet that needs cleaning, it is easier to do in pieces. When we open the door and see so much clutter, we just don’t know where to start. So, we do nothing except close the door again.

The shift that you want to make may be a good idea. You’ll have to be compelling and maybe a little charismatic. Use the right speed and quantity.

Too much, too soon, and you may end up with the perception that it is a bad idea. Door closed.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Strategy Session Starts With Bad Ideas?

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In the strategy session you recognize your job is to bring forward new good ideas. It’s emphasized that no idea is a bad idea. The rules state that you should leave your ego and judgement at the door. Does this work?

Creating a new strategy or deciding on the next big move has many potential roadblocks and hurdles. Mostly because many of the frequent contributors have already decided. They have a fixed opinion on the path.

Perhaps the rules should be different?

Roadblocks and Hurdles

If ego, self-deception, and judgement are problematic maybe the group shouldn’t be charged first with coming up with new good ideas. Instead maybe they should start a list of bad ideas.

Get all the stuff that won’t work on the flip chart. Everything that has been tried before but failed. Everything that you know won’t work. Go to the trenches, dig deep, get it all on the chart.

Is this negativity? Certainly, it could be, but bad ideas don’t necessarily mean negativity.

Strategy Session

What if you do what you’ve always done? Just go through the normal routine. The leaders give the rules, the leaders break the rules. New ideas aren’t generated and persuasion for a personal agenda is evident.

The session concludes with nods of agreement and everyone goes back to work. Except, the next day at the water cooler everyone is talking about all the really bad ideas you’re going to pursue next.

Perhaps the best way to get ego out of the way and get to a list of truly new good ideas is to start with a list of bad ideas first.

Crazy? Maybe. If you think it’s crazy let’s just go back to checking egos at the door.

One path is a waste of time, the other, constructive.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten RespectNavigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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