On a complex subject, could we ever reprimand a decision-maker even though the decision was good? The answer is yes! What are the questions to ask when evaluating a decision on a complex subject? Should we evaluate the content of the decision (results obtained) or the process that led to the decision (tools and methods used)? Common sense would lead us to answer that we must evaluate both, but I argue that this is a mistake.
We all got a taste of mandatory and widespread teleworking during the pandemic. Few of us were happy with 100% teleworking for weeks on end because we are social beings, but we all discovered some benefits. About 10% of employees want everything back as it was before. Another 10% do not want to come back to the office. The rest dream of a world in which there is teleworking to a greater or lesser extent.
Here is a manifesto of benevolence which can be summarized in 3 words to ensure employee wellbeing on a daily basis:
No public criticism
In any kind of meeting, publicly criticizing someone’s ideas can be humiliating or hurtful: “I don’t agree because…”; “It’s not a good idea because…”; “Yes, but…”: yes, your idea is interesting, but not so interesting because…
I am very pleased to announce the publication of my 10th book on the theme of decision-making excellence. This book explores a fundamental dimension of management and leadership: knowing how to keep quiet when you would like to speak!
When you hear the word “meeting,” you immediately think “talking.” However, at times it is more effective to say nothing! In this post, “keeping quiet” means expressing ideas in writing and not staring at once another in silence. Researchers Steven G. Rogelberg & Liana Kreamer have shown that silent meetings are more effective for problem solving and creativity. Thus, this does not apply to the frequent information, sharing and coordination meetings.