I'm a project manager working at a bank. From time to time I need some decisions from my boss, e.g. approvals for budgets. To give you an example, one consultancy we are working with needs us to approve their estimates, otherwise they can't continue working with us.
I've tried communicating to my boss that we can't continue our work unless the budget is approved many times, both verbally and in writing. It doesn't bring anything.
At the same time, the consultancy blames me for not being able to continue work. I feel like a jerk when I communicate that the budget has been communicated to my boss and I'm waiting for the approval and that yes, I've reminded him many times, but no, there is no decision.
Obviously, there are consequences for our time plan too.
On the other hand, I'm not sure whether there's a better way to deal with that.
The budget is just one example. Avoiding the topic/ decision is his default reaction to situations that may provoke conflicts or he doesn't want to take.
How to deal with that? I find my personal reputation important.