Deciding as a team – Maintaining real sense of team identity

Deciding as a team

Maintaining a real sense of team identity is important, but you need to be able to use this to get the work done.

Above all, your team needs to be able to take effective decisions and to recognise and solve problems. Signs of effective team decision making include:

The team takes decisions when it needs to. It recognises problems and tackles them. It avoids putting off decisions until it is too late.

Team members are involved in the decisions that affect them. Conversely, people’s time is not wasted agreeing things they don’t need to.

The team takes account of the available information when deciding.

The team’s decisions tend to be good ones.

Now do this

How good is your team at taking decisions? Give yourself a score of 1–5 for each statement, where 5 is good and 1 is poor.
 
We take decisions when we need to 1   2    3    4    5    
We involve team members who are affected 1   2    3    4    5    
We take decisions quickly 1   2    3    4    5    
We avoid jumping to conclusions 1   2    3    4    5    
We use the available information 1   2    3    4    5    
Our decisions are usually good ones 1   2    3    4    5  
Your answers to this should have given you ideas about where your team’s strengths in decision making are, and where you may be able to improve things. The following model for taking decisions gives some practical ideas about ways in which you may be able to improve decision making in your team.

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