When you have to make a decision with a group, you can have more possibilities to get to the final verdict. We are used to thinking with a democratic mindset. So when 50% is ok with it, go! But sometimes this isn’t a good idea. Sometimes things are just too sensitive. Like open salaries.
What steps to take for the practice
When you have a decision to make, agree on when the decision is ready to be made.
First, make a decision about how important this decision really is. Let everybody rank the decision on a scale from 1 to 5. When the decision is a 1,2 or 3, you can agree on the democratic way. This will make the decision making easier.
When the scale is a four or five, start with this question: do we need a unanimous decision (everybody agree), or do we need consensus (amount of people agree).
Next, when you choose for consensus. How does this look like? Do we need a certain percentage to come to a decision? And how much will this be? Agree on the percentage together by using easy scorecards. For example: 20%-80%, 40%-60%. More options will make it more difficult to get to a consensus.
Every employee will feel acknowledged about who you make decisions.
Important subjects will get the most attention.
Sensitive subjects can get decided unanimously.
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