Am I a Decision Maker or Decision Breaker?
I find myself challenged more each day since moving out of software development as my full-time gig. It’s a different space on so many levels, and I have a long way to go to get to the point I believe I need to be at, to fully operate in the space of People Person.
I covered People last week. As a People Person (because Human Resources is so, urgh…), I want to be able to engage more with everyone, understand where you come from and where you want to go.
We know that people will move away from Global Kinetic at some point. I moved a lot in my early days as a Developer. It was how I learnt, and grew as a person, and as part of each business I was involved with.
Quite often, we were completely thrown into the deep end and the only way out was to do the seemingly impossible.
Speaking (yes, using our voices),
Historically, the bigger development jobs were Enterprise clients. Huge teams, big systems, countless integration points, and usually at least one really pushy boss-type person who was applying all manner of threats and pressures.
Nowadays, many developers have never taken a product from concept to production in that type of environment.
Not everyone has been exposed to the disciplines, including the
Development in the last 10 years has become more web and mobile device focussed, and there are countless products and solutions where there isn’t a large multi-tier system in play.
Even here at Global Kinetic, our projects vary from very strictly-managed, to ones where the client has given us near free reign with how we design the solution(‘with great power comes great responsibility’).
All the way back to the top again.
Apparently, I like history lessons as a way forward. I’ll work on that 🙂
All these differences boil down to how each person interprets the situation, and the plans and decisions made therein.
A decision maker will use the resources and information at hand and take a decisive route when dealing with a problem at hand. They will trust themselves. They should trust their team.
A decision breaker, will sit quietly, rather doing nothing, or worse, carrying on down a path they know to be wrong, until someone else makes that decision for them, often too late.
Here’s the rub. You may be wrong anyway!
But if we all stand up and do what we are trained to do, trust each other’s
Do you know what each person in your team does?
Where it fits into the Client’s world?
If we learn what is required of us in our roles, we are then able to make the decisions needed to best deliver on what is expected of us, and probably more!
So, next time you are uncomfortable with something:
challenge yourself to get it right
Ross Pickford – Global Kinetic
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