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Consultation Does Not Abdicate Decision Making


In an environment where everyone has an opinion, both online and off, organisations that get the balance right between consultation and making the tough decisions, actually inspire confidence and ultimately, have a competitive advantage.

And yet, it’s not always easy.

Healthy teams respectfully offer viewpoints as it relates to process, procedure, policy, product, program or even positioning, without making it ‘personal’, damaging workplace culture or eroding their professionalism.

They also recognise through the importance of self-reflection and are accountable if they miss the mark and slip into attacking a person, rather than a problem.

This type of behaviour raises its’ head most often, when the decision made by a leader or designated authority, is not something you want or would personally do.

Leadership requires leaders to make the tough calls. Trust in the role. Trust in the person and the portfolio of responsibility they have.

Leaders aren’t parents, and yet they are seen as people in authority. At times, team member hang-ups from childhood cloud judgement, rejection raises its head, social justice tries to find a hook to hang its’ hat on and come hell or high water, a small minority may object to the decisions made by the leader.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Adolescent Psychologist, in his book “Princess Bitchface Syndrome, available on Audible, shares the importance of adults having a healthy mindset of positive expectation before engaging in challenging situations. Believing the best and anticipating a warm response from the other person, psychologically puts you into a more positive mindset where you won’t be primed for offence and are less likely to be reactive yourself. And, you know, it’s not so different in adult to adult encounters either.

Next time you’ve been asked to consult on a matter, or offer feedback, check yourself.

Are you getting caught up in the emotion and being dishonouring or disrespectful, perhaps even lacking in civility or are you role-modelling what it means to contribute from a place of boldness and humility?

Embrace boldness and humility and with wisdom, process the results of feedback and present a united front to your client base.

Trust is a two-way street.




Those are Some Mighty Big Long Horns, M’am!

Having just returned from my #USA2018 #LeadershipImmersionRetreat that I hosted, I wanted to share some insights this month on the Dignity of Risk and the benefits of a Pioneer Spirit, after being inspired by the Texas Long Horn Cattle. Man, they had big horns. Seriously.

There are often threats to our safety – real and perceived, and being able to distinguish between those two is empowering and releases you to fully get on with the work at hand.

But not everyone sees it that way…

Leaders will often recognise the threats to personal safety or brand reputation when reviewing their service offerings – and their conduct. It’s not uncommon for senior leaders to suffer from “paralysis by analysis”, much to the frustration of their team, as programs or services are cancelled out of fear or public opinion.

In Fort Worth, Texas, we saw first-hand how it is possible to deliver your work in such a way that people – colleagues and customers – take responsibility for themselves, know the risks at hand and trust that experienced “cowboys” will be steering the “herd” and driving your “vision” forward.

We were strangers on the sideline here in Fort Worth and had no structured reason to feel safe yet we did. We respected the surroundings and the history. We didn’t fight with the Cowboys or the cattle. Instead, we observed, were very aware of our surroundings and trusted those in front of us to LEAD us.

Take a few minutes to watch my video on this and challenge your team to break through paralysis by analysis, and let go of fear this month to embrace the dignity of risk and be bold!


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I’d love to know what you took away from this video?

Here’s to your leadership success,

Tarran Deane

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