Across organizations here in Atlanta, we all know that as our businesses grow so does the importance of our decisions. Every one of us makes hundreds of decisions a day. From the time we get up until the time we go to bed, we move through the day making choices that create both opportunities and accomplishments.
Although many leaders make decisions on their own to create success, many utilize the consensus method and involve employees who are involved in the process. Buy-in and participation often make decisions and goals much easier to achieve.
Accurate group decision making and problem solving are important functions of every organization. Ideas generated from engaged employees can make a huge difference in both time savings and profitability.
In meetings, or in informal one-on-ones, leaders and employees have to find answers to the following three questions:
- What is the issue?
- What is the history of the concern?
- What is the current situation?
Once this initial information is presented, it becomes the challenge of the team to assess the complexity and the possible consequences of each possible solution.
By listening to all the ideas presented, options can be narrowed and consensus and compromise can be achieved. Successful decision making promotes group cohesion and the solidification of the culture. Getting input from everyone is essential.
With the focus on Dale Carnegie Principles, preparation and analysis are two key ingredients when facilitating important decisions.
In times of non-disagreement, it is not uncommon for groups to go along with strong and opinionated leadership. Groupthink can happen when no one expresses a different opinion or concern. Taking turns, with everyone being honest and open when expressing opinions, can stop errors in crucial decisions.
Group (team) decision making can be a great attribute for successful businesses here in Atlanta. Every day, hundreds of decisions are made in every organization. Engaged employees can make the difference.
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