Take responsibility for decisions. A decision has not been made until people know:
– the name of the person accountable for carrying it out;
– the deadline;
– the names of the people who will be affected by the decision and therefore have to know about, understand, and approve it—or at least not be strongly opposed to it; and
– the names of the people who have to be informed of the decision, even if they are not directly affected by it.
- From “The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done”
by Peter F. Drucker