Action. Or no action. One thing is for certain. If you don’t take action, there will be no change. You will not affect positive progress to your Strategic Initiatives. One approach to overcome this is to foster a culture that encourages action. This can be done by evaluating risk and establishing guidelines for decision making. You could ask, would this action create a safety issue for our team, would it negatively impact another department within the company, or would it potentially cause you to lose a valued customer? If the answer to these questions is no, take action.
Sometimes delays in taking action are rooted in fear of what happens if this doesn’t work. More often than not, changes implemented can be changed if they don’t produce the intended results. Continuing to re-assure your team of this will help lessen the occurrence of no or slow action.
I have led by the following philosophy, along with decision making guidelines similar to the ones above, and it has served me well for many years; “Any action is better than no action, even if it is wrong, as long as we learn from it.” By adopting this approach, you can avoid a paralysis in decision making that slows progress.