It’s a disease afflicting millions, resulting in chronic under-achievement. Its symptoms include confusion, procrastination, and an “I, uh, well, um, you see, maybe” vocabulary.

These people have TBD – To Be Determined-itis.


Do people in your organization call meetings to determine what needs to be determined? And then call subsequent meetings to determine what hasn’t been determined? “That’s a TBD on that,” is the response when it’s time to make decisions.

And like concrete setting, the future is put on hold.

But you can’t really put the future on hold. You can only put your place in the future on hold. People who can’t make decisions put their teams and families at risk, while their careers are pushed to the sidelines.


In the NFL you get 30 seconds to call and run a play. Can you imagine if teams were also supplied with an endless supply of timeouts? The game would last for days – and the league would go out of business.

You don’t get many timeouts in life. And your company is in the business of making decisions. Here is what the best teams do:

  • They’ve mastered the art of preparation by giving themselves time to prepare between games.
  • They spend their time in the huddle determining the best solution, instead of trying to fix the mistakes of the past.
  • And they execute well together.

Is it possible the old saying is true: it’s not about making the right decision, it’s about making the decisions you make, right.

Do you have TBD? Or are you making decisions and growing from there?

What is the difference between what “might be” and what “can be”?  You decide.

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