He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one;
Exceeding wise, fair-spoken, and persuading;
Lofty and sour to them that loved him not,
But to those men that sought him sweet as summer.
SHAKS.: _Henry VIII.,_ Act iv., Sc. 2.



How not to make a decision

  1. Profess not to have the answer. This lets you out of having one.
  2. Say that we must not move too rapidly. This avoids the necessity of getting started.
  3. Say that the problem can't be separated from all the other problems. Therefore, it can't be solved until all the other problems have been solved.
  4. For every solution, set up an alternate one and conclude that the middle ground (no decision whatever) represents the wisest course of action at present.
  5. Discover that there are all kinds of 'dangers' in any specific decision or conclusion.
  6. Appoint a committee.
  7. Wait until an expert can be consulted.
  8. State that you have all clarified your thinking. This obscures the fact that nothing has been done.
  9. Point out that the deepest minds have struggled with the same problem. This implies that it has done you credit even to have thought of it.
  10. Finally, in closing the issue, make sure you thank the problem. It has stimulated discussion, opened new vistas, shown us the way, and challenged our inventiveness.