When people are irresolute, undecided and capricious

On several occasions in my career, I have had to deal with people who couldn’t make firm, resolute decisions. They’d confidently make firm statements, only to retract these a few days or a few hours later. And I wonder why people behave this way.

You need information to make decisions. And if you don’t have the right information, then you go by past trends and gut-feel. Perhaps, you’d consult your advisers and close confidants.

And that’s why one needs to do enough research to be sure about the decision he/she takes — or the bold statements he/she makes.

Making irresolute statements can be costly for organizations and employees. Think about the time (and cost) wasted in research — and the disappointment when the project is called off.

Business leaders – please be cognizant of this post.


Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist based in Mumbai. He has 25 years of journalism experience. Brian is the former Editor of CHIP and InformationWeek magazines and has written technology articles for India's leading newspaper groups such as The Times of India and Indian Express Newspapers. Brian also writes on Aviation, startups, and he covers topics directed at small and medium businesses. Email: Twitter: @brian9p Linkedin:

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