In business I am always having the opportunity to watch nonprofits make a decision on whether or not to engage a consultant, and if so, with what kind of timeline. Some organizations know what they want, look at their options, and make a decision. Done. Others take time, wanting to be sure they make the best decision possible. Then there are those who need to shuffle through layers of people and groups to finally make a decision everyone will own. Finally, some just can’t seem to make a decision at all. Being on the receiving end of a decision is for me, often frustrating.

President George W. Bush called himself “The Decider.” President Harry Truman’s first of his two volume memoirs used the title “Year of Decision” recollecting the many decisions he had to make during the ending of World War II. Leaders make decisions. That’s what they do.

Or that’s what they are supposed to do. I have observed on many occasions that leaders sometimes seem unable to make decisions. When that happens, circumstances overtake the situation and decisions are made for them. Often the results are negative, and leadership has failed.

So what decision do you have to make today? Better yet, what decision are you putting off? It may be time for you to lead through decision making.

How do you make good decisions? I’ll leave that for my next post.

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About Dave Coleman

Dave Coleman Principal / Consultant Phone: 253-237-4118 After many years of nonprofit leadership and the privilege of getting to know hundreds of organizations through my work with the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, I am pleased to offer my services to you at BoardTrek Nonprofit Consulting. Our small Pacific Northwest based company is focused on helping guide nonprofit organizations and their leaders into the future by offering our services in board governance, strategic planning, leadership development and organizational change. Always feel free to contact me with your thoughts and questions.
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