Saturday, 21 March 2009

Rest assured that outcomes are rarely clear cut

"There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men." Lord Action

You may be worrying. If you approach management decision making as gambling, and you place your bet without working to establish a consensus, then what if things go wrong? What will other people think or say then?

Happily for you, it is most often impossible with hindsight to know whether a senior management decision was good or bad, right or wrong. Who has the time and resources to measure outcomes? Who can say what would have happened if an alternative path was followed?

So you can get away with a lot.

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