We had a strategy, we assembled a great team of folks who had been successful in their prior jobs, we met on a regular basis, we used a bunch of co-working tools to foster collaboration...but we still couldn't seem to make great, impactful decisions! Sound familiar?
We've been conditioned to think that make decisions is easy; after all, we make hundreds of decisions each day. But what we forget is that most of those are subconscious, requiring little or no functional brain power.
Making a real decision, one which affect money, people and other large-scale problems, is hard.
So, what can you do to make it easier? The first thing we recommend is to use a framework. Frameworks are simply a standardized method to guide you through the process of making the decision. There are numerous advantages that flow from frameworks, but the best, we think, is that it eliminates the bickering about how you and the group are going to go about the task of decision making. Everyone will assume that you have put hours of research into designing the process. Well done, you!
We've developed a simple framework, in the form of a checklist, to help you. Essentially you need to address five areas to make great decisions:
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Change is hard, especially in organizations, and many people don't want it, or at least they don't want the discomfort that often seems to accompany it. If you're brought in to be an agent for change, there are typically two paths that will get you there - evolution (which feels cumbersome and slow) or revolution (which is frequently accompanied by destruction, creative or otherwise, pain, and even some suffering).
If you are in a hurry to make things happen, one cause of pain is having the right intention, but taking action in a way that makes that action seem more sinister than necessary. How do you remove a Band-Aid? Ripping it off can be hurtful and unsettling, but taking time to prepare the team ("this might sting a little, but it's going to heal better once we put a fresh dressing on there") lets them in on your thinking a little, and allows them to focus on the outcome, not just the action. On the other hand, telling them everything will be painless and then making the change with a "rrrrrip!" creates distrust, confusion, and fear. Fear and confusion breed questions like:
As a changemaker, your instincts may tell you to get things done quickly so your initiatives don't stall; that's valid. Taking a little extra time to set the stage and "p-reinforce" the benefits, though, will help you fix the situation without leaving any scars.
Have you ever been in a meeting, where one person takes over the agenda, commandeers the conversation, and virtually sucks the energy and oxygen out of the room? Sometimes you can be so taken aback, that you don't even know how to fight. Here are some tips that may come in handy:
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Megann and Steve, Partners in PANOPTIKA, are working for our clients every day to help they need to know to make better decisions in their complex business environment.
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