“Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” – C. Northcote Parkinson

Positive Quote: “Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” – C. Northcote Parkinson

The holidays can be a difficult time as a manager, especially since performance appraisal time is right there around the corner. This quote helps remind me that delaying the holding of people accountable can become deadly, it can spread to the team and create chaos. Even in this time of celebration and happiness, a leader, a manager must do the right thing for each person, the team, the business, the company.

I can remember back earlier in my career and I knew a manager who had a hard time holding people accountable. He was super smart, super technical, yet avoided confrontation. In my opinion there were a couple of key people that needed accountability. He did not do anything about it and took the approach that if he ignored it, it would go away and solve itself. Here is a hint; that never works out well. Fast forward 6-8 months later and now the disharmony had spread to the larger team and now it was becoming more noticeable. Fast forward another 6 months and that manager was no longer with the company.

Now this may be an extreme example…. Or is it? Do we all know someone who delays, who avoids confrontations? I am sure we do.

These types of conversations are not my favorite, yet are part of the job and must occur. So, I like the reminder in this quote.

Today is my Friday, so I will wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday if you chose to celebrate or not.

Kind regards,


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