No Decision is a Decision from [Managing Product Development]
Managers are paid to make decisions. When I've seen organizations fail, in each case, the management team forgot that their job was to make the tough decisions. Managers have to make decisions in the face of ambiguity. No decision is still a decision -- to continue on as in the past. Sometimes, that's the right decision.
But all too often, it's the wrong decision. Remember to apply the rule of three with decision-making. If you don't have three valid options, (one of which might be to continue on) you don't understand the problem. If you think your only option is to maintain the status quo, you're not working to the best of your management ability. Make sure you think of at least two other, worthy options.
When you think about decisions, consider this: Only one alternative is a trap. Two alternatives is a dilemma. Three alternatives offer you a real choice. (I learned this from Jerry Weinberg.)
Remember, no decision is a still a decision -- a decision to continue on as you have been. If you're satisfied with the results, that may be exactly the right decision. But if you're not satisfied with the results, generate more options. Then you'll have a decision that works for you. And your management will count.
I think even something like the inactivity that I was just discussing from the quotes can be viewed as making the decision to live with the results. The difference is that a lot of the decisions I'm feeling in my life really only affect me and my future. As a manager, your decisions are affecting your team and your company. It's a big deal to avoid making a decision instead of considering at least three options. That's a nice rule of thuumb.