Five Methods for Team Decision Making

After observing several of my clients' teams struggle to make effective decisions as a team, I noticed two things:
  1. They weren't deciding HOW to decide, and therefore...
  2. weren't making it CLEAR AT THE OUTSET how the team's decision would be made.
To assist them with this, I created a document called Five Methods for Team Decision Making and thought perhaps you might appreciate having a copy of it, as well.
Here's what you'll​​​ find in this document...
METHOD 1
METHOD 2
METHOD 3
METHOD 4
METHOD 5
DCIV COLLABORATIVE METHOD
Consensus is a well-intentioned goal, but it can be incredibly time-consuming and may yield a lowest-common-denominator compromise. In today's complex environment, a more practical alternative is to blend these four methods into one called the DCIV Collaborative Method.
The benefits of this method include:
  • key players have opportunities to share insight and make recommendations
  • increases likelihood of full buy-in among all involved
  • reduces siloed decision making
  • protects against impasses and stalled decisions
  • results in quality decisions made in a timely manner

1

Identify Who Should Be Involved

2

Assign Clear Roles & Responsibilities

(who occupies which role will vary based on the decision being made and there may be times when team members hold multiple roles)

D

C

I

V

* Exercising a veto triggers a discourse between the vetoer(s) and consultant(s) who then work together to develop a modified proposal with an alternative course of action. If it takes too long or they reach an impasse, the decision is escalated to the Decision Maker to be made.
Going forward, for every decision your team needs to make, I encourage you to use this information to decide at the outset HOW your decision will be made so that everyone is on the same page and comfortable with the next steps.
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October 1, 2019
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