From today's New York Times:

Either way, the central message is that most of us are too busy with life to spend a lot of time on every decision we face. When others give us a chance to avoid a choice, we often take them up on it.

Heh. Try to contain your shock.

Posted by jzawodn at July 10, 2005 10:23 PM

Reader Comments
# Glen Campbell said:

I was going to post a really witty comment, but decided that I had too much other stuff to take care of....

on July 10, 2005 11:00 PM
# Jim said:

I'm often told that one of my character flaws is that I often try to spend a lot of time on every decision I face, doing extensive research before making decisions. I was once passed up on a promotion because of this, being told that it wasn't a leader-like thing to do.

I'm thinking that avoiding decisions, or making quick bad decisions, is often more highly regarded in our society. People who take time to make decisions are seen as flaky, unsure, and inexperienced. The idea is that if you had any experience in the subject at all, you wouldn't need to spend time thinking about it because you'd already know.

Someone who makes a quick decision based on his gut is seen as a person who has experience and knows what he is doing. If they didn't need to look it up, it is because they already knew, not because they are too lazy to look it up. Meanwhile, someone who AVOIDS a decision is simply a good delegator who empowers others.

Learn these things and you will make it far in the business world.

Anyway, sorry if I took this in a different direction.

on July 11, 2005 07:18 AM
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