Using Good Decision Making Procedures can have a Positive Effect of the Team

Making decisions as a team requires a shared understanding and procedure for accomplishment. The confusion and strife that occurs because the team cannot make a decision will ruin any progress made on the work. In order for decisions to be made quickly, and the work to be completed on-time, on-budget, within quality, while the team still gets along, a known and agreed upon procedure must be used.

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How to Make Decisions on Team Tasks

Using good decision-making procedures can have a highly positive effect of your team and the work that the team must complete. Using work for Team Building.

  • You’ll be more efficient.
  • Team members will be more committed to the course of action, and more willing to do the project work.
  • Results will happen faster.
  • Meetings will be shortened.
  • You will be more beautiful, handsome, smart and rich.. results not guaranteed.


What to do:

  • 1. Determine the decision that the has to be made.
  • 2. Select and apply the most time-efficient decision-making approach that will also meet the needs for quality and acceptance.
  • 3. When using the group approach, choose the decision making tools that make the most sense for the situation.
  • 4. Resist the temptation to overuse consensus.


Checklist: Selecting a Decision-Making Approach

Unilateral: One person makes the decision, acting alone.

□ The decision needs to be made quickly.

□ The person doing the deciding has the right expertise to make a high-quality decision.

□ There is a low need for acceptance on this decision by others.

Consultative: One person makes the decision, after consulting with others.

□ There is enough time available to consult with others on the decision.

□ The right people, with the right expertise to make a high-quality decision, are being consulted.

□ It makes sense to consult others because their acceptance of this decision is required.

Group: The entire team makes the decision together.

□ There is enough time to get everyone’s perspective.

□ The team includes people with the right expertise to come to a high-quality decision.

□ It makes sense to involve everyone because the team’s acceptance of this decision is required.

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While no decision making method is a guaranteed solution. Slowing down to think through the decision making approach will yield improved outcomes:

  • What has to be decided?
  • In what ways can I increase the cooperation & agreement?
  • Am I relying too much on consensus?
  • Do others care as much as I do OR as I think they do about this decision?


What do you think?

In what ways do you decide what decision making approach is appropriate? Have you ever experienced a project manager, manager who was overly reliant on consensus?

Team Building Leadership Innovation expert Michael Cardus

michael cardus is create-learning

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