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Tech#08: 7 Team decision-making techniques

“The way a team decides to decide is one of the most important decisions it makes!”

Though fashion occasionally underscores one or another of these approaches, there is no right or wrong way to decide an issue.

The important thing is that the team decide, in advance, what decision-making method will be used. No surprises.

If members are appraised of the process, even autocratic methods acquire the consent and blessing of all.

Depending on the type of decision an effective virtual team will discuss and agree on one of these 7 styles – BEFORE the decision-making discussion starts.

Typically the leader of the team describes the decision which needs to be made and proposes a decision-making style which is then discussed and agreed.

A good leader will also state how the decision about the decision-making style will be concluded (usually through style #2 or style #7).

INVENTORY OF TEAM DECISION MAKING STYLES 

(based on “Why Teams Don’t Work” – by Robbins and Finley) 

#1 CONSENSUS
#2 MAJORITY RULE 
#3 MINORITY RULE 
#4 AVERAGING 
#5 EXPERT 
#6 AUTHORITY RULE WITHOUT DISCUSSION
#7 AUTHORITY RULE WITH DISCUSSION

Detailed Technique Description

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