Strategic Decision Delays

Posted on May 15 2009

Very often, decision making processes can take a long time and strategic decision delays can make that time even longer!

Especially in the case of disputes between two parties, one may deliberately delay and use strategic decision delays in order to avoid a potentially unfavorable decision.

Delays can allow people who oppose change to remain satisfied without having to formally oppose or demonstrate their opposition.

If a person or group prefers that no decision be made, it can be to their benefit to select a decision making process that is incredibly slow and cumbersome, employing strategic decision delays. If they have no control over the process used, they can drag their feet to delay or slow the process. Delay strategies are often used by those who don’t have the power to officially veto or win the decision in their favor. The best example is in politics and government.

Even more common is delay tactics when land or real estate is being selected, as almost as often as always, there is a party opposed. Someone will be disadvantaged.

In a sports game, a delay is make to either force one group out of their increased momentum, or to allow the group to create tactics which will allow them to switch momentum. It is similar in business when takeovers and mergers occur.

A tactical delay can be used when a decision maker is being asked to make decisions that will ensure the negative reaction of their opposition and jeopardize their future with the organization. Often they can avoid making the decision entirely. They may say they don’t have enough information, and go so far as to appoint a council or group to study the situation.

Negotiation timing is everything. Forcing deadlines is the only way to ensure these tactics are not employed. Sometimes these deadlines can come and go, but employing some strategic tactic to tie the deadline to something with high optics in the system works best.

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