Effective and efficient decision making is crucial for business performance. The common approaches of either top-down, authoritarian decision making or decision making based on consensus often don’t function as an ideal practice for fast moving and rapidly changing organizations. But there is an alternative. More and more organizations experiment and establish methods of decision making where authority is distributed to higher degree throughout a team or organization. It is often referred to as the advice process.
If teams practice and are used to top-down communication and way of handling decisions on a day-to-day basis, these patterns will likely become the trained muscle memory for the group and the muscles for speaking up, dissenting, and taking initiative will atrophy. Leaders can follow four meeting practices that will help bring organizational muscles that include the employee’s diverse eyes, ears and voices in shape.
Written by David Marquet, published on Forbes
How does decision making happen at the most successful companies? With a leader who drives the process efficiently and effectively. Looking over the list of the 50 highest rated CEOs, for instance, shows that not only do these good leaders share a very clear vision for their company, they can also motivate their workforces by communicating how all employees play a pivotal role in reaching company goals, that is, by making good decisions.