Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Why is agreement so difficult?

We all have different values, opinions, attitudes, backgrounds, educations, and experience.  We each see things differently believe differently and have different goals.  In any business setting, people will have different viewpoints as a result of all of these factors.

When you add the barriers below to the differing backgrounds we bring to the workplace, it can make decision-making in groups very challenging.
Additional Barriers to Group Decision-Making

  • Limited experience together  
  • Group too large or too small   
  • Conflicting member goals  
  • Competition: "My idea is better than yours"   
  • Not sharing information  
  • Agreeing too quickly before critical discussion
  • No one takes the initiative   
  • Limited time
  • Low trust   
  • One or two people dominate
We need tools to help organize and structure decision-making in groups. Tools will help to avoid chaos.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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