The Dynamics of Indecision: A Failure of Leadership

The Dynamics of Indecision: A Failure of Leadership

by Michael A. Roberto
     
 

This Element is an excerpt from Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus (9780131454392) by Michael A. Roberto. Available in print and digital formats.

Why so many organizations fall into the trap of "endless talk and no action"-and how to escape that trap, decide, and move forward!

In 1996, two large

Overview

This Element is an excerpt from Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus (9780131454392) by Michael A. Roberto. Available in print and digital formats.

Why so many organizations fall into the trap of "endless talk and no action"-and how to escape that trap, decide, and move forward!

In 1996, two large and well-respected Boston health-care institutions merged, bringing together more than 1,000 highly accomplished physicians. The marriage did not go smoothly. Financial losses escalated rapidly. Several CEOs tried and failed to execute a turnaround. Amid turmoil, Paul Levy took over. As he noted, everyone knew what had to be done, yet substantive organizational changes never materialized. The problem: a curious inability to decide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780132480727
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Series:
FT Press Delivers Elements
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
10
File size:
448 KB

Meet the Author

Michael A. Roberto is a faculty member at the Harvard Business School. He teaches courses on general management, managerial decision making, and business strategy. His research focuses on strategic decision-making processes and senior management teams. Recently, he has studied why catastrophic group or organizational failures happen. His work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, and The Leadership Quarterly. He has taught in the leadership development programs at organizations including Morgan Stanley, Mars, The Home Depot, Novartis, and The World Bank; and consulted with organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Corporate Executive Board, and The Advisory Board.

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