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J.W. Marriott Jr. is Halfway There

When hotel magnate J.W. Marriott Jr. was recently interviewed by the New York Times, it struck me that, throughout his career, Marriott has been implementing a method of leadership that is very similar to the Decision Maker Approach. Marriott describes how he learned the power of asking others for advice as a young adult during… Read more »

Limit the Decisions You Make as a Leader

My hardest job as a CEO: Not making decisions. Yes, you read that right. My goal as an executive is to make only one significant decision a year. But isn’t that what a leader is supposed to do? Take the heat, call the shots, and have the final say? That’s the conventional wisdom on leadership. But it’s also the main reason… Read more »

A Convincing Argument For The Hands-Off Boss

Nothing tells you more about an organization than the way it makes decisions. Do leaders trust team members? Do the people closest to the action get to make the call? Do team members have real responsibility and real control? All of these questions can be answered by one other one: who gets to make the… Read more »

The Principles of a Decision-Maker Organization

A mission statement that challenges people to create the world’s most fun place to work is essential for organizations that want their employees to have one of the most gratifying experiences in their lives. This end requires no other justification. However, for executives who can’t get the dollar signs out of their eyes, it’s worth… Read more »

Praise for The Decision Maker

Since The Decision Maker was released in March, glowing reviews have come pouring in from all sorts of critics and bloggers. See for yourself what others have been saying about The Decision Maker: -At the New York Journal of Books, Ekaterina Walter writes: “As Dennis Bakke says, ‘No matter where you stand in your organization, change can start with you.’… Read more »

The Dennis Bakke Interview Roundup

Since the release of The Decision Maker in March, lots of people have been talking to Dennis Bakke to glean his wisdom about the transformative art of the decision-making process. Check out some of the conversations Dennis has been having: -Financial guru Dave Ramsey talks with Dennis Bakke on Ramsey’s EntreLeadership podcast in an episode titled “Making… Read more »

Level 5 Leadership and The Decision Maker Approach

Business analyst Jim Collins has written extensively about what average companies have done to transform themselves into exceptional performers and trendsetters. An essential ingredient for a good-to-great company, as Collins wrote in the Harvard Business Review, is the presence of a Level 5 leader. In Collins’ words, a Level 5 leader is: The most powerfully transformative… Read more »

Why Leaders Need to Stop Making the Decisions

I believe the vast majority of people are creative, trustworthy, and capable of making meaningful decisions at work. My new book, The Decision Maker, is a clarion call for bosses to STOP making decisions. Instead of bosses making the call, I believe the best approach is to push decision-making down to the lowest levels of… Read more »

The Decision Maker approach in action

Business leaders are recognizing the need to change their traditional leadership paradigms and re-think how and who makes decisions in their organization.  General Stanley McChrystal, who ran Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and Afghanistan, talks about how he had to change his thinking about decision making to effectively lead. “We grew up in the… Read more »

March Launch Promotion

The Decision Maker will be available in bookstores and online on March 5, 2013. We want to reward everyone who orders the book from either Amazon or during the month of March with a one-time bonus. Here’s what you get: – Order 2 books. get 1 copy of Dennis Bakke’s NYT bestseller, Joy at… Read more »