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I had a leader who had a reputation for forgetting that he had already made a decision surrounding specific issues. He was getting older and the age was obvious tipping into a cognitive decline.

It created a very weird competition among various direct reports to work this awkward system.

A "no" decision on some EVP's pet project was not a firm "no" unless there were rivals in the room to hear it who would keep others accountable. Weird, weird, weird.

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Written reminders work for you?

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It was the 90's -- so sending a follow up email was not something that was commonly available in the organization yet.

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