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Idea 53: The decision-making continuum

If people are of one heart, even the yellow earth can become gold.

Chinese proverb

From the leadership perspective, the key issue is how far you should make the decision yourself or how far you should share it with your team. Let’s look at the options.

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There is a lot to be said for moving as far to the right end of this continuum as you can. The key principle is that the more people share in decisions that affect their working life, the more they are motivated to carry them out.

That consideration, however, has to be balanced against the fact that the wider you open the door of the Inn of Decision, the less ...

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