The Chemistry of Strategy tm Newsletter May 11, 2009

Is Your Management Team Decisive or Are You a Dictator?

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In November 2008, the Harvard Business Review ran an article entitled, “When Teams Can’t Decide.” It revealed how CEOs -- frustrated by their team’s indecisiveness -- will step in and dictate final calls. Whenever they do, however, nobody’s happy. The CEO becomes annoyed at the executives for their indecisiveness; the executives resent the CEO for acting like a dictator.

Nothing could be more dangerous to the overall success of the enterprise.

In our work at Myrna Associates, we see every day what the HBR article described: how companies make their strategic decisions matters to senior managers. When they are involved in the process, they become more committed to the outcome.

The three obstacles to leveraging your executive team are:

  • No forum
  • No strategic plan
  • No follow-up system

So, how can CEOs make their management teams more decisive so they can stop dictating decisions?

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I'll also be discussing some of the answers during my Webinar on May 19, entitled “Create A Synergistic Executive Team to Drive Profits.”

During this discussion, I’ll explain how to:

  • Unleash the genius of each player on your team and still build consensus
  • Get your senior management team on board and committed
  • Assure continued buy-in, cooperation and accountability
  • Accelerate the pace of results-driven activity to drive profits.

John W. Myrna

is co-founder of
Myrna Associates Inc

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