I’m tempted to write a whole lot about Penn State’s Board of Trustees and Joe Paterno this morning, but I’m not going to. We don’t know the facts yet, and whatever I wrote I might well end up eating my words (I fear there may be much more to learn about this whole case). Instead I’m going to say a few words on a value I think is important, deliberation.
I think making informed decisions is an absolutely critical step in being a good leader. It’s a step that’s easy to forget in the world of Twitter and 24 hour news cycles, when it always seems you need to be getting ahead of a story or a competitor or an opportunity. Sometimes it’s critical to make a quick, decisive decision, but often it’s good to take time to think it through.
I hope Penn State doesn’t regret taking 4 days to “carefully consider” the firing of a man who has served the university for 61 years.