Partnerships & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations
EPISODE 6, SEASON 6: DECISIONS, DECISIONS
[Introduction] Sharon and Diana love helping people become effective as teams, and helping teams of people become more effective, especially when it comes to shared leadership and making good team decisions.
[03:15] What makes a team a team? Who and what is the team?
[04: 45] “Cross-functional” means every skill needed to accomplish the team goal is embedded in the team.
[09:50] Lean guides us to ask those closest to the work to make the decisions about that work.
[11:10] Sharon has heard this idea of decision-making since the late 70s – and she believes good managers have always known this. Not a new idea!
[15:45] The worst and most avoidable mistake managers can make is, after asking a team for their perspective, to weigh in with their opinion before listening to what the team thinks. Ask your question and then be quiet.
[22:30] Decades after knowing better as a business culture, managers still seem to struggle with this issue – complaining they can’t get their team’s feedback while jumping in and giving their opinions before they’ve listened to the team.
“Making Dumb Groups Smarter”, Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie – Harvard Business Review, December 2014. https://hbr.org/2014/11/making-dumb-groups-smarter
“We The People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy (A Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Methods)” – http://www.adeeperdemocracy.org/we-the-people-consenting-to-a-deeper-democracy/