DECISION OPTIONS CHART

 

Many people are unaware that there are a number of ways to get to a decision. There is no one best way. Each method has pros and cons. To learn how to use each option, check out my textbooks at www.FaciliationTutor.com. *

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OptionProsConsUses

 

 

Consensus BuildingCollaborative Systematic

Participative

Discussion-oriented

Creates commitment

 

Takes time

Requires data Requires member skills

For important issues

When buy-in matters

Multi-VotingSystematic

Objective

Participative

Feels like a win

Limits dialogue Influenced choices Real priorities may not surface

 

To sort or prioritize

a long list of options

CompromiseLots of discussion

Creates a solution

Adversarial- Win/lose

Divides

the group

When positions are polarized

When consensus is improbable

 

Majority VotingFast

High quality with dialogue

Clear outcome

may be too fast- winners and losers- no dialogue influenced choicesFor trivial matters

When there are clear options

iI division in group is acceptable

 

One Person DecidesFast

Clear

accountability

Lack of input

Low buy-in

No synergy

When one person is the expert

If only one individual is willing to take responsibility

 

 

 

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