According to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin Dempsey, “Power is no longer simply the sum of capability and capacity but now, disproportionately, it includes speed—speed of action but especially speed of decision-making.” (source: WSJ, Voices on the Future)
For any consensual and well-informed decision, however, consider at least seven agenda steps to ensure speed of decision-making:
- Purpose of (the scope or object of the situation)
- Review and wrap
Seven Agenda Steps Ensure Speed of Decision-making
Do not forget to begin with the purpose of the decision or you risk combative participants with competing purposes. Also, begin with WHY the situation is valuable or important before you begin your analysis or WHAT discussions.
“Countering the need for speed is often the paralyzing volumes of information, which often create an illusion of control and optimal decision making.”
Here is why we rely on subject matter experts, to translate the volumes of information, into the most important considerations.
Most importantly, understand how you plan to scrub the criteria and what tool is most appropriate for your situation. In our MG RUSH Professional Facilitative Leadership curriculum, we look at various methods to galvanize consensus around decisions including:
Technique to Ensure Speed of Decision-making
Throughout the decision step, get the group to first deselect and agree on sub-optimal options so that the number of viable options is reduced, increasing the likelihood that the group will better focus on the best candidates. Do not allow any tool to make the decision for you, but allow tools to help you de-select.
For testing, take the decision and compare it with the purpose developed in the second step of the agenda. Determine to what extent the decision supports the purpose. If the harmony is strong, the meeting is over. If there are disconnects, revisit both the purpose statement and tentative decision with questions about clarity, omissions, and deletions, until you have developed a decision that the participants can “live with” meaning they will support it and not lose sleep over it, even if it is not their ‘favorite.’
Don’t ruin your career or reputation with bad meetings. Register for a class or forward this to someone who should. Taught by world-class instructors, MG RUSH professional facilitation curriculum focuses on practice. Each student thoroughly practices and rehearses tools, methods, and approaches throughout the week. While some call this immersion, we call it the road to building impactful facilitation skills.
Our courses also provide an excellent way to earn up to 40 SEUs from the Scrum Alliance, 40 PDUs from PMI, and 40 CDUs from IIBA, as well as 3.2 CEUs for other professions. (See individual class descriptions for details.)
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