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The Importance Of A Manager’s Decision Making To An Organisation

Posted by Stephen Parry on Dec 24, 2018 10:50:00 AM

Informed decision making is one of the most important duties of any manager. For organisations to flourish, leaders have to send careful signals in order to instigate the correct change processes.

All too often, managers are placed into a position where these decisions are based upon inadequate knowledge. This is usually a result of clogs in communication channels, or misinformation. In an adaptive organisation, decisions can be made on flows of information from internal processes, customer needs, market changes and other sources. Armed with these capabilities, managers can steer companies through a continual process of meaningful and productive change.

The decision making of managers can therefore have profound rever

berations for organisations. Here are some of the less well known outcomes.

Enabling End-to-end Value

For many companies, end-to-end value is the Holy Grail of objectives.

On paper, achieving optimised performance, enhanced efficiency, and a continuous drive towards self-perpetuating perfection is possible.

In reality, end-to-end value is rarely achieved.

This is usually because managers usually do not have access to the full facts. Full awareness of organisational climate, dynamics, and soft skills, facilitates empowered decision-making. When strategic planning is infused with deep awareness, the inherent capability of an organisation to produce seamless, end-to-end value can be visualised and activated.

Managing The Climate

Every organisation has a climate shaped by the feelings, motivations and expectations of their workforce, suppliers and customers. Understanding what constitutes this is the first step towards being able to influence it.

Understanding, diagnosing, and instigating change is a process that leads towards employees making a willing contribution towards organisational development.

When managers misinterpret the climate, change can be clunky, inefficient, and disruptive. When managers make the correct, informed decisions about interpreting organisational climate, the mechanics of change can be operated smoothly and efficiently.

Empowering Innovation

Agile organisations are innovative. They harness soft skills – such as behaviours, attitudes, and motivations – and the cool practicality of hard skills, such as problem-solving, in order to take control of the competitive landscape.

This means that the crucial decisions come from internal and external data streams. Ideas and solutions flow from inside the company, and inspiration flows from customers.

Good management decisions enable and empower this process. Managers who form their decisions in a closed-minded way can prevent innovation from flourishing, while insightful managers place innovation at the heart of their decision-driven ethic.

When decisions are based on an intrinsic awareness of its capabilities, flows of information, and skills, a company can innovate its way through any challenge.

Adaptive leadership

Organisations need great managers and leaders. Theories abound about what separates a vibrant manager from one who struggles.

Ultimately, it all boils down to knowledge.

A manager who has deep insight into every level of the organisation has a powerful well of information from which to draw the ingredients that fuel good decisions. To find out how this works in practice, get in touch with one of our consultants today. Please call +44 (0) 1462 670342, or email info@lloydparry.com.

 

Topics: Adaptive Culture