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Helpful Tips for Working with an Indecisive Manager

by | May 24, 2024 | Podcast

Episode 258: In this episode, David Dye explores the all-too-common frustration of working with an indecisive manager. He shares practical strategies that you can use to navigate this challenging situation. David suggests using powerful phrases to pinpoint where your boss is getting stuck and to gain clarity on the decision-making process. He also advises demonstrating to your boss that acting is often easier than remaining in the status quo. He suggests making decisions feel less permanent by proposing a trial or pilot run.

David highlights the importance of prioritizing what’s best for the organization and its stakeholders. He encourages you to persist in your conversations with your indecisive boss. Additionally, David announces the launch of the new book, “Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict,” and encourages you to leave a review to help spread the word.

Understanding Your Indecisive Manager

00:00 – 02:00 In this episode, we’re diving into the frustration of working with an indecisive manager. You know, the kind who postpones every single decision. We’ve all been there, right? Today, we’ll talk about what you can do to help your boss decide and move forward.

02:01 – 04:00 It’s important to recognize why your indecisive manager might be stalling. They could be dealing with issues they can’t talk about yet or managing multiple stakeholders. Maybe they’re just scared of getting something wrong. Understanding the root cause is the first step.

04:01 – 06:00 Use powerful phrases to get to the bottom of your manager’s hesitation. Try asking, “What’s causing your hesitation here?” or “Who else needs to be involved in this decision?” These questions can help you understand where they’re stuck and move the conversation forward.

06:01 – 08:00 Once you’ve identified the hesitation, invest in clarity. Present your ideas clearly and concisely. Explain the options and recommend a course of action. For example, “I see two options: Option A and Option B. I recommend Option A because…” This helps your indecisive manager see the path forward.

Overcoming Decision Paralysis

08:01 – 10:00 Sometimes, indecisive managers are afraid of change because it seems like too much work. Show them that moving forward with your plan is easier than sticking with the status quo. This can help them get unstuck.

10:01 – 12:00 Make the decision feel less permanent by suggesting a trial or pilot run. This way, a bigger decision feels smaller and more manageable. For example, “Can our team test this out?” or “Try it with one team first.” This approach can help your indecisive manager feel more comfortable with the change.

12:01 – 14:00 Remember, this conversation isn’t about you or your relationship with your manager. It’s about doing the right thing for your organization, employees, customers, and stakeholders. Show your passion for doing the right thing to help convince your indecisive manager.

14:01 – 16:00 Persistence is key. If one conversation isn’t enough, you might have to try again. Keep using powerful phrases and stay committed to helping your manager make a decision. Sometimes, they just need more time and reassurance.

16:01 – 18:00 Those four dimensions – connection, clarity, curiosity, and commitment – are essential when dealing with an indecisive manager. Anytime you’re in conflict, one or more of these dimensions will help guide the conversation and resolve the issue.

18:01 – 20:00 Lastly, don’t forget to check out our new book, “Powerful Phrases for Dealing With Workplace Conflict.” It includes over 300 phrases to help you navigate various workplace situations. If you like what you hear, grab your copy and leave a review. Your feedback helps spread the word and make workplaces better for everyone.

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David Dye helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  He’s the President of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. He’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict, and hosts the popular Leadership without Losing Your Soul podcast. David is a former executive and elected official. David and his wife and business partner, Karin Hurt, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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