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Good teamwork applied to business building is about open communication and cooperation, not protecting territory and fragile egos.
Group decision making does have the potential for excellent business building outcomes. And why shouldn’t it when such a diversity of knowledge and expertise is sitting around the same table.
However, this style of decision making should not be confused with management by meeting, often seen in Universities, where nothing can get done without a seemingly endless series of meetings.
Group decision making can work well provided that a few conditions are met:
- Collaboration must be genuine in its intent
- Divisional walls must be knocked down
- Free exchange of ideas with no judgment or criticism
- No hiding behind titles and egos
- Recognition that the best ideas don’t always come from the highest paid
- The group needs challengers and dissenters otherwise it’s a ‘yes’ group
- Can’t be just a talk-fest group with no commitment to action
- Someone must be responsible for prioritising ideas and implementing action
This is a big business concept that is not used very often as described above, because they can’t get past their door titles and egos. Nevertheless, this concept can be easily adapted to small business decision making.
Participants can be friends, colleagues, mentor, coach or just about anyone who will do it for the price of a free lunch (or at least a coffee and a scone). For $100-$200 you could walk away with a swag of great ideas and strategies for your business.
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