To make better, more insightful and effective decisions. And to use our time well. Isn’t this what we all want?
Not only am I confident that there are concrete, teachable ways to help this happen. I also believe that wiser, faster decisions happen primarily through collaborative processes.
This might seem counterintuitive. Don’t collaborative processes threaten to slow things down? And how can we be sure that collaborative processes lead to more insightful decisions rather than uninformed or biased ones?
These are the issues I look forward to unpacking in this new blog. There’s lots to say, but let me start with this:
Complexity requires collaboration. No one person has enough information to make well-informed decisions without the perspectives and expertise of others.
But getting a group together does not in itself guarantee wiser or faster decision-making. It can, in fact, lead to the opposite on both counts: decisions that are poorly informed and cumbersome. What makes the difference? Effective collaboration requires:
Purpose – A clear, shared, compelling reason for gathering.
People – Multiple perspectives, offered by folks who care and/or know about the issue at hand.
Process – Skilled facilitation that offers the group a structure that accelerates productive dialogue.
I look forward to exploring the practical applications of each of these elements over the coming months in this space. I’ll draw on the insights and experiences of lots of people – this is a blog about collaboration, after all! I hope you’ll find it inspiring and useful in your contexts as you seek to make wiser decisions faster.