A Letter To An Indecisive Employee

Daily Prompt: Shape Up or Ship Out

Write a letter to the personality trait you like least, convincing it to shape up or ship out. Be as threatening, theatrical, or thoroughly charming as is necessary to get the job done.

Dear Evan A. Klue

Recently it has become apparent we must talk face to face. We must come to grips with a recurring and persistent problem.

I have openings on Tuesday at 3:00 PM, Wednesday 9:15 AM, or Friday at 11:45 AM. I’ll leave the time up to you.

The subject matter is your ability or should I say your lack of ability to stick with a project and decisions you make. It is creating frustration among the team and I’ve come across several complaints not only from them but also our customers.

Last quarter we set a goal of 10% over the same previous quarter from last year or it may have been our best quarter we wanted to top. Either way, a week later I sent out a memo that reevaluated that figure to 7.7 % because I failed to factor-in our down-sizing. After considering the new project we were handed by corporate I found it necessary to again adjust downward our projection to 5.5%. You came in at the end of the quarter with a 6.1% increase, far below my last 12% memo. The increase was due to a carry-over from the previous quarter.

As you can easily see your performance drug our team effort down.

This may sound petty, but I think this characterizes the frustration I am experiencing with you. The first of the year corporate allocated funds for me to take my team out for lunch. I told the team they could order anything they wanted. If you recall you ordered fresh scallops. They were out of season. You than ordered the lobster tail and filet mignon. That took us over budget. I suggested the fajitas, but reminded you that may cause gas. I offered the onion burger platter, but also informed you about the big meeting in the afternoon with our best client; it would not be appropriate to have onion on your breath. At the last-minute you settled on pea soup. Your inability to stick to something is causing an uproar even in social settings.

I hope we can come to an understanding. This is not the way we do things at Decision Consultants Inc.

Very truly yours,

N. D. “Cy” Sevness

PS. Just got a note about the Friday appointment. That’s off the board; I got racquetball with Steve in accounting or golf with Curt in research. On second thought, let’s shoot for the week of the 22nd instead.

PSS. Why not handle it this way; just work on it.

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15 comments

  1. Decisions are definitely difficult.
    I’ve been learning to wait a few seconds before I make a decision – those few 10 seconds are crucial – and then when I make it, I will berate/remind myself NOT to change it (otherwise, boom, it’ll be the other choice). While this has been difficult, it seems to work wonders on the “make up your mind”. And if I decided against it and then thought otherwise, I remind myself, “I chose this, so I’m going to stick with it because otherwise I’m going back on my own word” and that seems to have slowly begun solving the problem. The hardest part is definitely sticking to that choice; but you got to because the world isn’t going to wait for you to catch up (or what I need to tell myself constantly)

  2. To make a decision, flip a coin! When the coin is in the air it will be revealed to you what your heart is truly rooting for, and if the coin lands on the wrong option, the immediate disappointment you feel is the greatest proof of all as to what you want your decision should be.
    Enjoyed your post, very entertaining 🙂

  3. Thanks for capturing the frustration I have had with previous bosses/colleagues about THEIR lack of ability to make decisions and stick to them…
    …and them blame me and/or others, who try all along to follow instructions…and wish mind reading were possible, although it would not necessarily help matters…
    Very humorous post. 🙂

  4. Thanks for capturing the frustration I have had with previous bosses/colleagues about THEIR lack of ability to make decisions and stick to them…
    …and them blame me and/or others, who try all along to follow instructions and wish mind reading were possible, although it would not necessarily help matters…
    Very humorous post. 🙂

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