How To Transform Your Team Into Better Decision Makers

May 27, 2015

The effectiveness of your department reflects your position as a manager. If you have a productive team that is fast, quick-thinking and efficient, you are looked at as a successful manager.

On the other hand, if you manage people that are slow and need to be micromanaged, coming to you with every single question, that doesn’t make you look to good to upper management.

A great supervisor needs to run a department where the members are able to make decisions quickly without intervention all the time. This article will help you motivate your team to be better decision makers.

Create Rough Drafts – Many supervisors make the mistake of over planning for future projects. They set up meticulous directions for every single action that needs to be carried out, which leaves the employees to follow the instructions precisely. However, since errors or changes can happen at any times, individuals may stumble over what course to take next if you are not available right away to advise on a plan of action. To help your subordinates be more independent, don’t micromanage with exact steps, but create rough drafts with possible strategies for completion. Notify your team members that you expect them to use their judgment for the most effective outcomes.

Reward Innovation – The best way to show your appreciation for effective decision-making is to reward the staff that does so. For example, if you have an individual that came up with a faster way to complete a task that was not implemented before, reward her with a gift card to her favourite store. This will show the individual how much you encourage innovation, while showing other team members that they should also speak up and show initiative, if they can.

Change Your Company Culture – To truly voice your desire for great decision makers, change your entire company culture. Assess the individuals you hire to verify their decision making power right in the interviews. Hire confident, forward-thinking employees that are not afraid to voice their opinions. Then, the other staff members will be motivated to speak up as well. Challenge your staff in your weekly meetings by asking for their opinions and having them decide on courses of action right on the spot. This will truly let your subordinates know that you expect quick thinking on the job.

If you have a team of individuals that are not afraid to make decisions and innovate, the processes at work will make your job easier. Utilise the tips above to upgrade your team members to be more productive and confident.

Many thanks

Stewart Bull

Senior Trainer & Consultant

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