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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Delaying Decisions

Delaying Decisions

The following was published in the 1978 Farmers’ Almanac. Might want to file this under “what not to do to get ahead in business.”

If you hate to make decisions on the job, then you might like these 10 rules for getting out of having to take a stand.

1. Ask for a leave of absence or take your vacation.

2. Do nothing, say nothing. Maybe everybody will forget it.

3. Tell your assistant to “research it” thoroughly. This is a good stall.

4. Form a committee to “research it” thoroughly. This is a better stall.

5. Ask your immediate superiors what they think. If things go wrong, you can always spread the blame.

6. Feed the problem into a computer and let the wheels whirl . . . the ideal way to get rid of all the blame.

7. Deny that the problem exists. Presto! No decision is necessary.

8. Call in a specialist or consultant, at company expense, to help you make up your mind.

9. Pass the buck to another department. Smooth . . . safe . . . sweet.

10. Give your decision a cagey twist by replying in affirmative terms designed to keep you in the right no matter what happens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         –Leo Aikmann

Happy Friday.

 

1 comment

1 Kathy { 10.12.13 at 4:41 am }

Wow, sounds like our current administration!

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