August 22, 2013 4 Comments
To facilitate consensus around simple decision-making, consider the following scenario and do not forget to help the group articulate the purpose of the project your meeting supports. Let us say that four of us are taking a trip from Minneapolis to New Orleans. Consider the options, or how we might get there:
- Aero plane
- Automobile (motorized 4-wheel vehicle)
- Boat (or, canoe)
- Limousine rental
- Taxi cab
To decide among the competing options we would consider the constraints and requirements. Let us call those considerations, the decision criteria. They provide an understanding of WHAT we must consider in our decision. Consider some of the decision criteria, as follows:
- Ecological impact
- Expected arrival date (if any)
- Fears or phobias
- Length of trip
- Quality of participants (eg, physical vitality)
- Quantity of participants
- Time of year
To effectively build consensus around which option to select, the criteria are essential. However, we are missing a primary component; ie, WHY are we taking the trip. Frequently, groups fail to understand or build the necessary purpose statement that underlies effective decision-making. As facilitators and participants, since the purpose may be clear in our own minds, we assume that everyone else’s purpose is the same as ours.
Prove it. Make certain you facilitate and codify a purpose statement, whether using the FAST Purpose Tool or some other method; the purpose of the trip is essential to deciding HOW we are going to get to our destination.
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