11 Habits of Highly Ineffective Managers

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9. Refusing to Commit

Weak bosses are afraid to take a stand. If asked for an opinion, they'll say: "That depends." If asked for a decision, they'll say "I have it under consideration" or (if they're feeling frisky) "I have it under active consideration."

Strong bosses realize that delaying a decision is, in itself, a decision—and usually it's the decision to fail. They therefore make decisions quickly, without expecting or requiring exhaustive analysis and debate.