Tuesday Buzz: Making the Tough Calls

Bosses often have to make hard decisions, and delaying doing so can hurt your team and your organization. Also: Gen-Xers are often overlooked at the office, but CNBC says they’re changing the nature of work.

One of the responsibilities of leadership is making the hard decisions, but all too often, leaders avoid doing so. In the short term, avoiding the tough call can prevent conflict, but in the long term, the decision can have negative repercussions on your group.

A recent article from the Harvard Business Review states that there are three reasons bosses defer tough decisions: they’re afraid of disappointing employees, they struggle with ambiguity, and they want to be seen as fair.

“Under the guise of fairness, leaders often avoid hard decisions that would separate out stronger performers from average performers, and, even more painfully, they fail to remove poor performers,” writes Ron Carucci.

He goes on to explain how failing to manage low performers can damage a team. “Differentiating levels of performance is a leader’s job,” Carucci says. “When you avoid decisions that do so, you dilute meritocracy and redefine contribution as merely one’s efforts, regardless of outcome.”

Don’t Forget Gen X

With all the talk about millennials, a gen-Xer can start to feel a little overlooked. But it’s not just the media that is overlooking that generation, it’s also the workplace.

“Despite their growing influence and responsibilities at work, gen-Xers are most overlooked for promotion and have been the slowest to advance,” report Stephanie Neal and Richard Wellins in a recent article for CNBC. “We found gen-X leaders on average had only 1.2 promotions in the past 5 years, significantly lower than their younger millennial counterparts (1.6 promotions) and more senior baby boomers (1.4 promotions) during the same period of time.”

Other Links of Note

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While there’s always going to be news that your organization will need to respond to on the fly, Social Media Examiner reveals how you can get a jump on your content by planning it out for the year ahead.

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Raegan Johnson

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