Review key decisions

At the end of a staff meeting or off-site, a team should explicitly review the key decisions made during the meeting, and agree on what needs to be communicated to employees or other constituencies about those decisions. What often happens during this exercise is that members of the team learn that they are not all […]

Stop revisiting issues

Contrary to the notion that teams waste time and energy arguing, those that avoid conflict actually doom themselves to revisiting issues again and again without resolution.

Hero’s make good decisions when things are tough

“No,” Merridy continued, her face looking thoughtful, “I think he was probably not much different than us. He was a hero, that is for certain, but I think more than anything he was just a bear like us who made good choices at a time when those choices were very hard to make. It was […]

Debate and commit to decisions

We don’t need teams to conduct a vast number of meetings to get their work done. Rather, we need smarter team meetings where people debate rigorously and commit to decisions.

Decision Maker

By assuming there are only a few people worth listening to, Diminishers operate as Decision Makers: when the stakes are at their highest, they rely on their own knowledge or an inner circle of people to make the decision. because diminishers assume that they are the smartest in the room so they don’t listen to […]