Ok . . . so I know I’ve created this problem–getting consensus in decision making–but I want to try to fix it.
Here’s what I’m talking about.
My executive assistant, Barb, did a nice job taking the bull by the horns on a project. She sent it out for approval to three people from our team.
Total time to review and respond to Barb with the thumbs up, figure 2.5 min from each.
Follow the math with me:
2.5 min x 3 people = 7.5 min x 2 times a day this kind of thing happens = 15 min day x 5 days per week = 75 min per week x 52 weeks = 3900 min divided by 60 min in an hour = 65 hours
65 HOURS of non-productive time wasted on a topic where only one person needed to be involved in decision making, not four.
Like I said, I created this MONSTER time waster by trying to build consensus on our team.
It works on major issues, but on relatively minor projects: educate – delegate and trust your team to do the right thing.
If you need an opinion–another set of eyes–ask ONE PERSON. If you get agreement from that one person validating your position, run with the decision you’ve been given to carry out. If you disagree and can’t get agreement on something you deem IMPORTANT, then get one more involved.
Now the only question is, “What am I going to do with the 65 hours we saved?”
Make it a GREAT week. Go out and change somebody’s life today, and sell something!