...look back at the decisions those supervisors made while you worked for them. You know! You remember! You were one of their judges! Judges! You think. Wait a minute! You were one of the worker bees. You weren't getting paid to judge your boss.
Ah ha! While no one requested your opinion, you consciously, or unconsciously judged them for free, as surely as you benefitted from your fringe benefits.
As you ponder these elements, ask yourself if you ever discussed these supervisors with your peers. Of course you did! Will your subordinates discuss your decisions? Of course they will! Do you want them to judge you inept when they do, or worse? Of course you don't!
Actress Celeste Holm, once said: We live by encouragement and die without it -- slowly, sadly, angrily.
Recognition for a job well done is still ranked within the top three or four most important employee wants and needs.
Any Company's Policy is stated in general guidelines. They don't cover every extenuating circumstance! If they did, a hard copy of the policy would fill a five-story building!
Ron failed to consider Sally's peer's reaction to his decision. You had better believe her peers have told her, I told you, Sally. Why work so hard around here? It doesn't make sense. It doesn't matter to the Company. (I loath this idea. More nails for the Companys coffin.)
What is an excuse? Webster defines excuse as:
a : to make apology for.
b : to try to remove blame from.
You have received excuses all of your life. So have I. Do we jump up, pound our fist on the desk screaming, BULL CRAP? In today's professional work place? I think not.
You have all heard the old cliche, A cluttered desk is the sign of a brilliant mind. DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT! My own saying is: A CLUTTERED DESK IS A SYMPTOM OF A PERSON UP TO HIS/HER REAR END IN ALLIGATORS!
A very serious side affect (of bad or slow decision-making) is that your boss has lost a little faith in your ability to do the job. Remember: IF YOUR BOSS HAS TO MAKE YOUR DECISIONS, THEY DON'T NEED YOU!