helping your team make decisions

October 16, 2013

Making good decisions is a critical skill for people everyone and especially leaders. Yet, we often have not been trained how to make decisions and we also fail to train other in how to make decisions.

There are many tools out there for you to learn from as well as to train your team. One good resource is the Decision Making Techniques section of MindTools.com.

Also, Kouzes and Posner, in their book  A Coach’s Guide To Developing Exemplary Leaders, recommend asking these questions of your team when you are helping them make decisions:

  • How do you see . . . ?
  • What if we . . .?
  • What do you think about . . .?
  • How do you believe we could . . .?
  • Have you ever . . .?

These questions are good starters for conversations about how people make choices about their work.

The key thing to remember is that there is a science to making decisions. It is a skill to be learned and to be taught. It doesn’t just happen. So become a skilled craftsman and an accomplished teacher in the science (and art) of decision-making.

Blessings on you day!
BG