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What you might call a balanced view of decision-making. ) Putting Bill’s practice into theory, there are three essential approaches to decision-making. 1. First, tackle the ‘quick ‘n easy’ decisions – ranging from fixing a date for an agency lunch to deciding, on principle, that we must cut variable costs to protect bottom-line profit. (This is an example of a ‘motherhood’ statement, or ‘phantom’ decision;’ begging the question of how it can actually be achieved! ) 2. Delegation. This means transferring your responsibility for a tricky decision to someone else – preferably someone who is after your job.

Roger Collis An Accidental Manager Gatton Productions 2014 �Roger Collis 2013 The right of Roger Collis to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988. This ebook cannot be reproduced in any form, in whole or in part, without written permission from the author. uk Design by Kirsty Anderson KBA Print Production, Redhill, Surrey Cover illustration by Sax from Chief Executive magazine, April 1983 978-1-78301-295-4 About this book This is a collection of the columns that I would most like to remember (and be remembered by) from the hundreds I have published over five decades in newspapers and magazines around the world.

You don’t have to buy lunch. And you can always get somebody to say you are in a meeting or at a conference. The Medium is the Merchandise 1977 Werbung/Publicite ‘I want you to think of this supermarket as a magazine,’ Guratsky said. We’d entered The Emporium – ‘A unique concept in retail marketing,’ the notice said – in the heart of Bermondsey. ‘I’m sorry, Tom, it’s too early in the morning,’ I said. Guratsky smiled patronizingly and snapped on a green eyeshade in the time-honored editorial manner.

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