DQ Week Three One
DQ Week Three One
Groups and teams have to work as one entity in order to achieve a common objective. For this to happen, the decisions made by the team or group must be reached at in a clear and fair manner. There are different methods of decision making in groups. Leadership is crucial in decision making in teams and groups.
Groups operate in a way where every member has a contribution to make. This is because every group member has his or her personal ideas and point of view. To reach an amicable decision, each member has to give his or her thoughts. Thereafter, the final decision arrived at after proper consultations. The experience with groups is that the contribution of every member is significant. Furthermore, the group must always conduct its business under the guidance of a single authority. The order of hierarchy in the group must be respected.
Methods of decision making
Group decision making can be achieved through various methods. There are methods such as nominal group techniques, SWOT analysis, value analysis and through voting. The best method of group decision making is the SWOT analysis. In this method, group members assess several issues based on its strengths, opportunities, weaknesses and threats. Members have the chance to discuss on each of the four attributes of the issue and then narrow down to a single conclusion. For instance, they can discuss the SWOT of a project then hold a vote on the decision to either undertake it or not.
Leadership is crucial in decision making because it provides the guidance needed. Members must be directed on the way forward on issues such as the selection methods. Leadership ensures that each member has an equal chance to contribute to the group’s achievement. Good leadership also ensures that the group stays on course of its objectives all the time.
Therefore, groups require team work and discipline to achieve their purpose. The contribution of each member is significant. Decision making can be achieved using different methods. However, the SWOT analysis approach is effective because the decision will be based on facts and each member’s contribution recognized. Leadership provides direction and motivation to group members and ensures the decision making process is transparent.
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