How to speed up decision processes with many participants
You might have experienced a situation where you needed to get a decision quickly but had to negotiate with many participants with various availabilities. I seem to be in this kind of situation constantly.
So I go bold.
It’s just a simple change to the process in which I might not be able to decide on my own but need to get more people to agree first.
Instead of getting everyone onto a table at the same time (which will be hard) or communicating back and forth until a common agreement is reached (which will take loads of time) I often opt for making a proposal with a deadline for feedback.
I propose a decision to all participants and allow them to give feedback until a close deadline. So they will have a short timeframe to get their word out. Of course you have to allow for anyone being able to actually react.
I call this a bold approach as you can easily step onto somebody’s foot. So be clear about explaining the urgency.
In most cases you will only get feedback that wants a fundamental change. In other words you will probably only get important feedback and no arguing about details.
No feedback is counted as a silent agreement. You will get your decision quickly.
Even if you get feedback you can be sure that the participants in questions are aware of the urgency of your request.