Decision Making: A Simple Framework To Decide Whose Decision It Is

Is it clear who makes the decision? Before your next team meeting, use this simple framework to help make better quality decisions. read more...

Written By Kevin Watson

On February 20, 2019

Often times, teams enter into a discussion without knowing how a decision will be made – or who will make it!

This can lead to all sorts of issues.

If it’s assumed the matter will be put to a vote, only to find the leader makes the call, people may become apathetic or lose trust.

So, to help become clear on who is making the decision ahead of the discussion, I use an activity called Is It A Knot Or Not A Knot?

This simple activity is all about decision making as a team, using the framework below to identify whose decision is it:

Whose Decision Is It?

  • Authority: the leader makes the decision without consultation
  • Consultation: the leader makes the call, after soliciting views and opinions from the team
  • Expert: the leader defers to an expert in the team, who may or may not solicit views and opinions depending on context
  • Democratic: the leader puts it to the team to vote, with the decision being determined by the majority
  • Consensus: the leader puts it to the team to agree as a whole

Note: in the Democratic method, the leader may stipulate a majority number, e.g. at least 75% of people to agree.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. Thomas Sowell

Using a framework such as this ahead of discussing critical issues can bring clarity to the decision making of any team.

Call to Action

Give it a go next time you hold a team meeting and before you start discussing an issue or challenge.

Let me know how it works for you.


PS if you want details of the activity Is It A Knot Or Not A Knot, drop me a line.



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