February 06, 2013

Sitting In Judgement

"Do not judge and you will never be mistaken."

Jean Jacques Rousseau
18th century Swiss political philosopher

Fine for life in general, at least in theory, but not in business.

A manager's job is to judge, to make decisions, most often without sufficient information.

You have to decide what to do as well as what not to do.

Just do so as thoughtfully and fairly as possible.


  1. this isn't about that kind of judgement, its about judging other people

  2. I agree to a point but one of the main responsibilities of a business manager is to judge the effectiveness of those who report to him or her.

    I understand you're probably thinking of the "don't be so judgmental" type of judgement but for me the line between the two in business is quite slim.

  3. There isn't much room between judging someone and being judgmental is there? The people you evaluate for work performance may think you're sitting in judgment of them, particularly if what you tell them is not good.