In my last blog-post I wrote about how to clarify decision roles in your department and company. But giving decision roles to certain people includes pitfalls. Let me give you some examples (from the 2 authors I mentioned in the last blog-post) of how to avoid it:
1) Make sure by discussing and choosing the final best personality that it´s only 1 person who gets the D-role. One has to be in charge but think of a proxy during emergency situations. Avoid a tug of war.
2) Keep the key account structure lean and avoid too many “A´s” in your company or business field to cut short the quantity of all who need to agree to the decision.
3) Give finite roles to people who deliver the information and input. Keep the quantity of the “I´s” short. It has to be meaningful contributions which reach the person with the D-role.
What did you learn ?
Good decision making depends on assigning clear and specific roles to all involved people, either in the team or the company.
TIP: use the open communication tactic (tactic = short-termly) to make sure the new strategy (strategy = long-termly) is noticed by everyone.
IDEA: cut the accountability of people who feel responsible for decisions.
Of course you can copy this D-role idea and implement it in your family!
Why not test for a while how your family members make decisions? The D-roles are limited and their tasks will be clear:
1) One of your kids could take over writing the grocery list for the next month and be responsible for what will be bought and eaten for breakfast and lunch! Set rules what to obey (healthy food: how much fresh veggies and fruit to buy, etc.) and then give them a free hand for the particular choices.
2) The other kid may be responsible to the next weekend trip and vacation.
Give new D-roles within your family and look how things change and grow. You could relieve yourself from taking too many decisions and neglecting some importance. You will avoid disappointments! If this is part of what happens in your daily life. People learn good decision making by making many decisions from an early point in life on.
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rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –