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Business Productivity Strategies for Success (Collection) by Daniel Silvert, Merrick Rosenberg, Mark I. Woods, Jerry Weissman, Martha I. Finney, Trapper Woods

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Truth 24. You can sell an unpopular decision

The trouble with making a really difficult choice is that someone is always going to hate it. And some of the decisions you make—especially the difficult ones—are going to negatively impact at least one employee. In fact, the more difficult the decision was for you, the worse it’s going to be for the employees who had a stake in the losing proposition. The “losers” may feel that their ideas were discredited or, worse, dismissed. And maybe the losers might also feel that their job is at risk, if not, indeed, already obliterated. If the decision you had to make results in a significant layoff, no one’s going to be happy with you—except for perhaps senior management.

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