Monday, January 19, 2009

What makes a group into a team?

The key difference is that in a team everyone is values equally, so no decision can be made that is not unanimous.

The question then is how do you get unanimous decisions?
My ex-Coworker, Rob Smyth, taught me "the decider protocol". This is very formal and does the job well, but it's the values behind it that are key.

  • Never allow 'no resistors' decision making.

  • Never allow group decision if any one person is not aligned.

  • Give the power to any individual to block any decision but ask them first 'what will it take to bring you in'?

It's all about valuing every individual in the team.

Thank Rob.

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