Bad Decision Versus No Decision

Opinion / Decision-making and Valuation

Bad Decision Versus No Decision
Andrew Blaine , Business Consultant, South Africa

In business bad decisions have less effect than no decisions?

It is my contention, based on experience, that it is better to make a bad decision than not to make a decision. Of course, in this paradigm the effect of time is important. A bad decision can always be changed , reversed, or modified whereas no decision leaves all involved in "limbo" and the whole entity must stop operating.
In my experience "no decision" leads to lower morale, undermines confidence and creates doubt in the minds of staff. While a bad decision will be criticised, quietly if not directly, it does not affect the attitude or team spirit of employees and other management. Often, a bad decision turns out better than expected, sometimes resulting from the staff realising the decision is bad and reacting to limit its effect on the business.
So, in closing, I propose that a BAD DECISION has less effect on a business than NO DECISION?

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