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Are you "The Decider"?

Just because you're an IT *leader*, it doesn't mean you necessarily get to make the ultimate decision. Take our poll and see where you compare with other TechRepublic members in your powers of decision enforcement.

Just because you're an IT leader, it doesn't mean you necessarily get to make the ultimate decision. Take our poll and see where you compare with other TechRepublic members in your powers of decision enforcement.

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When we created the Decision Central blog, one of the potential names for the blog was going to be "The Decider."  The problem, however, was that the term decider has taken on a negative connotation in some respects.

That's not to say, though, that the term in the best sense of the word isn't relevant, especially to today's conversation. Being an IT leader doesn't necessarily mean that you have the final say in the decision-making process. You may have to answer to someone higher in the organization. You may have to work with others in the organization. Or you may just exercise influence over the final decision.

Where do you stand?

Share with other TechRepublic members where you stand in the decision-making process. Are you The Decider? Or are you at the mercy of others? Take the poll below and sound off in the Comments about what being The Decider means to you.

4 comments
ibogorad
ibogorad

What decisions exactly are we talking about? Just in a way of an example: What to have for lunch? What kind of people to hire? What applications to develop? Which IT vendor to select? etc For each of these questions, there is different expectation of what role an IT leader should play in it. I would be equally concerned for an IT Leader who has no control over his lunch preferences and an IT Leader who can unilaterally decide which applications to develop.

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

I guess you have a point there. I didn't take a lot of that into consideration when I phrased the topic. Essentially I meant in key job role functions. Implementing policy. Setting standards. Hardware and software deployments. That kind of thing.

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

Working in IT, we exercise a lot of influence over how technology is used in an organization. But someone has to be The Decider and ultimately figure out the course for the organization. Check the poll out in Decision Central: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/decisioncentral/?p=121 Are you The Decider for your organization? Or are you completely at the mercy of others? Take the poll and see how you compare on the decision making ladder with other TechRepublic members.

santeewelding
santeewelding

Where is the choice that says, Yes. I'm The Decider, but those decisions are subject to review from below.

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