As they say ‘the buck stops here’. For managers, there is nowhere to run when it’s time to make the hardest of decisions.
And they need look no further for the biggest challenges they will face than with the personnel they have in their teams.
Most often when decisions need to be made, as long as facts are clearly taken into account, although there might be some difficulty in telling those who might be disappointed, the right decision is pretty clear.
Being ‘factual’ makes it much more easy, because objective assessments are much easier to make than subjective ones. When we let emotions rule our decision-making process, that’s when things start to unravel.
Faced with a choice between two great contributors, is often where a manager needs to tread most carefully.
Whilst it might seem to be a lot more difficult then, looking hard and being absolutely objective – not to mention keeping the required outcome very, very close to mind – can make it an easier task.
Here a manager really does have to watch for the influence of personal preference; favoritism; emotional attachment whilst deciding.
Because these can often blur objectivity.
Making the best decision – often when it seems that there might be a loser in the process – sometimes has to be done.
It can be tough to get it right for the bigger picture – and that’s where great managers earn their crust.