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Welcome to the 30th blog in the series “52 blogs in 52 weeks with each blog being about one of my 52 types of people who are poorly behaved and at times downright difficult”. Honestly, I didn’t know if I’d make this far. They’re a lot more work than I thought they’d be.

The blog this week is about Type 17: The Vacillator. Enjoy.

#17: The Vacillator.

The Vacillator is someone who makes a decision but later changes it. Now of course, that in itself isn’t necessarily a problem. After all, we all change our mind every now and then. In fact, changing our mind can be a very smart thing to do.

Perhaps we’ve got new information. Perhaps the circumstances have changed. Or perhaps someone’s made a convincing argument for an alternate view. But whatever the case, there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with changing your mind. That is, unless you’re a Vacillator.

The Vacillator doesn’t just change their mind. The Vacillator changes their mind often and usually without warning. It’s the way they operate. And not only is it annoying, it can very costly.

It can waste valuable time and money going down a particular path only to find out later the ‘powers that be’ have decided on a different direction, or your staff think a different approach would be better. And it can be embarrassing having to tell someone what you told them yesterday is no longer true. And it can be even more embarrassing, finding out about the changes from people who shouldn’t have known about them before you did.

So it’s okay to change your mind. And it’s okay to be flexible. But The Vacillator makes a habit out of it. The Vacillator can’t be relied upon to make a decision and stick to it.

Anyway, that’s enough text for now. What follows is:

  • A video in which I say a few other things about The Vacillator;
  • The soundtrack/audio of the video; and
  • A link for you to click if you’d like a free transcript of the video.

The video about The Vacillator.

The soundtrack/audio of the video.

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The transcript of the video.

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