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3. The Rock Fetch
Challenge: An employee is pressuring for a decision you'd rather not make.
A lousy manager ... avoids the issue by claiming to be on the brink of a decision, but only after the employee has gathered additional information, written a detailed report, gotten buy-in from somebody who's unavailable, etc.
Better approach: Level with the employee about why you're reluctant to make the decision, then set a reasonable time limit--and actually decide.