7Decisions to Gain Prestige

Here is another questionable motivation for making a decision: If the reason you think you have a decision to make is because you will gain in reputation or in influence—prestige—then the real outcome of the decision is not for others or for the organization, it’s for you.

These situations almost never work out to your advantage. You may think you have a good reason for the decision, but most will see through your rationalizations and see it for what it is: an attempt to improve your prestige in the organization.


You’ve seen others do this before you. You didn’t respect them then.

Resist these impulses to make a decision just because it’s good for you.

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