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Collaborative Decision Making Toolbook

an illustrated guide to team-based decision making
A step-by-step guide for
empowering team members
to make the best possible

Are team meetings more chaotic than collaborative? Do egos clash as individuals try to hijack the process? Do you struggle to get management buy-in when presenting group recommendations? In the Collaborative Decision Making Toolbook, organizational effectiveness expert Paula Martin addresses these challenges and more.

You’ll discover how to:

  • Work seamlessly as a team to make decisions that foster buy-in
  • Progress through the 4 stages of the decision making process, step-by-step
  • Document each stage of the process to create buy-in and transparency

Illustrated, Step-by-Step Process

Drawing from a twenty-five-year career assisting complex organizations across diverse industries, Paula breaks down collaborative decision making into a step-by-step process. Her conversational style and practical approach place everything you need to know about team-based decision making at your fingertips.

Section I sets the stage, highlighting the benefits of collaboration and offering guidelines for a successful outcome. In these pages, you’ll discover:

  • What collaboration really means (and why most people get it wrong)
  • How to engage your team in the decision-making process
  • How teams can make the best possible decision in the shortest period of time
  • What five essential ingredients you need for positive collaboration
  • How to establish guidelines that create a cohesive team culture

Four Stages of Decision Making

In Section II, she covers the four stages of making a decision—Define, Choose, Identify, and Decide (DCID). You’ll learn how to apply this process both in team settings and to individual decisions (particularly those that affect other people). A chapter on pitfalls identifies common missteps that derail the decision-making process and offers tips on avoiding these snags.

Section III provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for the tools used in making both strategic and nonstrategic decisions. Each chapter presents a different tool, providing visual guidance on what the results of each step should look like.

Finally, Section IV shows how the DCID model applies to simple decisions and offers guidance for collaborating virtually. The section closes by addressing accountability—the collective accountability of the team and the need for accountability with regard to implementation.

Whether you’re a team leader or a team member, this detailed guide will prove indispensable in upgrading your team’s performance and safeguarding your sanity.