19th August, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off
Organisations have been warned not to create “a culture of compromise” as these can delay the decision making process, according to one expert.
Al Pittampalli, author of Read This Before Our Next Meeting, said that staff getting round the table for a meeting has become the new way to stall important decisions.
He explained: “When people inside of organisations have important decisions to make, instead of finding a reasonable amount of input for that decision and then making it, we call a meeting instead, because calling a meeting is the best way to delay the decision, to procrastinate the hard action of killing off the other actions – and it looks productive, doesn’t it?”
Mr Pittampalli went on to say that a culture of compromise has been created where committees make decisions.
Having a meeting is a way of diffusing responsibility equally between the attendees of the meeting and, since it is very rare that everyone agrees, nothing can move forward.
However, it is still important to take staff ideas on board, as Alex Evans, editorial director and co-chair of the Orange National Business Awards, said that a business which encourages innovation among its staff will reap rewards in the long-term.