Making no Decision at All

Decision-making and Valuation

Y Srinivas Rao
Manager, India

Making no Decision at All

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

  Ching Yang
Teacher, United Kingdom

Not doing anything is also a decision

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.

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa

When is it Best to Decide not to Decide?

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.

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa

Bad Decision versus no Decision

It is my contention, based on experience, that it is usually better to make a bad decision than to make no decision. The...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Postponing a Decision

I agree making no decision in management/leadership/strategy is a decision as well. It's useful to distinguish between ...


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