Rule #4: Aim for “Safe Enough to Try” versus Consensus
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As individuals, we make hundreds of decisions every day. However, as organizations we often lack systems to help groups of people make decisions. By granting authority to others and aiming for safe enough to try instead of consensus, we can help our teams make decisions in a way that is effective, efficient, and empowering.
Our decisions are clear.
A midwestern school district (12,000 students, 18 schools) enacted the rule: Aim for “Safe Enough to Try” Versus Consensus by taking a large decision like “what curriculum will we use for the next five years?” and breaking it down into smaller decisions that could be made by individuals. This enabled individuals to know at each point of the process whether they were gathering opinions, building consensus, or making a decision. For more on this case study see the Decisions chapter in the NEW School Rules book.
These activities will help you and your team test out new ways of decision-making
Decision-Making Workout #4A
This workout focuses on Rule #4: Aim for “Safe Enough to Try” versus Consensus. In this workout you will build skills to take ideas that you might have said “won’t work” and make them safe enough to try.
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