NOW is the time for tough decisions?
“Now is the time for tough decisions,” said Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, on the occasion of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing.
Did he say “NOW is the time for tough decisions”?
Maybe for the weak-kneed, lily-livered city fathers who’ve been putting lipstick on this pig for years, but “NOW” was a very long time ago for Detroit. (This isn’t elistist babble, either. I was born in Detroit and raised in the great State of Michigan.)
Let’s come at this from a different perspective
But, it isn’t our place to examine the state of the American city and the financial woes that are afflicting all of our governmental entities.
It is our business, however, to examine the leadership and decision-making process that brought Detroit to this fateful day.
Can’t Make the Tough Decision? Leave the Kitchen!
How many times have you … and me, too … deferred a difficult decision because we desperately held on to an easer choice even though we knew we were only delaying the inevitable?
This is the Achilles’ heel of almost every business leader I know.
I’ve written about this dilemma on many occasions … and from many perspectives. Why don’t leaders deal with issues as they “show up” rather than when they “blow up. Why do we hesitate to make the tough calls and do the right thing?
Isn’t that why we’re earning the big bucks?