How does your team make decisions? 🗳️
"Deciding How to Decide" is the most important decision a Leadership team can make.
Does this sound familiar.....
Your team is in deep discussion about an upcoming feature release. Several people share their opinions passionately. A few people remain quiet. A handful of "actions" are floated. The meeting ends.
A week later the team reconvene. The conversation goes in a new direction. At this point, you ask "But didn't we decide to take the other direction?"
This confusion can be cleared by deciding how to decide. 🗳️
For a given situation there are several decision rules that can be used:
2. Decision Leader Decides with Discussion
3. Decision Leader Decides without Discussion
6. Majority Vote
7. Spontaneous Agreement
🟢 What option does your team use the most?
Options 1 and 2 are collaborative.
The vast majority of teams assume that consensus is the rule. However, most teams fail to verify this.
A tip for your next meeting, ask this:
🟢 What decision rule will we use to decide?
This fantastic article by Ellen Gottesdiener explores more on the topic.