Making no Decision at All

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Making no Decision at All
Y Srinivas Rao, Manager, India

Should the Indian way of decision making - "no decision at all" be construed as a decision?

No Decision at All? The Palaver
jan gieszen, Entrepreneur, Netherlands
Go with a team of managers, "hands" or clients and start a palaver . The Indian way.
The target of a palaver is getting something done in the livelihood of the people. So the organisation, the environment, the client sphere, home of the organisers or hands... Every voice and hand counts... Makes a voice. Is understood and placed and put. One knows when the things are said. The action planning is ripe and it is clear what to do next and who should do it. The palaver is over and every one and all do what needs to be done...
Both palaver and ubuntu can be paired.

Silence is Sometimes Seen as Agreement
is150, CEO, Malaysia
Some individuals/organizations/cultures will treat silence as agreement.
The other party should be aware of that.

Not doing anything is also a decision
Ching Yang, Teacher, United Kingdom
There is no null value to a decision - either you decide to do it or not. Not doing anything is also a decision and it will have it's own results and impacts. Every action and even a non-action has a reaction.
So, yes no decision at all is also a decision.

When is it Best to Decide not to Decide?
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa
Surely there are occasions where choosing not to decide is the best or only option. Some examples:
1. You are not in possession of all the facts;
2. Important occurrences are in the pipeline that will definitely affect the decision you have to make:
3. Making the decision is not in your area of responsibility and there is time for the relevant authority to make a more reasoned and appropriate decision sometime later; and
4. The matter demanding a decision is not urgent and the situation could develop in a number of competing ways.


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