September 21, 2016
Is your team having difficulty making decisions or has your team made a decision that not everyone supported? If so, next time try using the Nominal Group Technique for group decision making. This process is proven to be more effective than the traditional one vote one person method. It’s particularly helpful in situations where:
• Certain team members are more vocal than others
• Some team members are not participating
• The group does not easily generate ideas
• There are new members on the team or the team is new to working together
Here’s how the Nominal Group Technique works:
- The facilitator provides all participants with a sheet of paper with the issue or problem to be addressed and asks them to write down as many ideas and solutions to solve the issue. Allow participants 10 minutes to complete this assignment and instruct them not to talk to each other.
- Each participant takes a turn sharing their ideas. As this is happening, one member of the team should record all of their ideas on a board or flip chart (visible to all). Do not debate or allow any discussion of any ideas as they are presented.
- After all ideas are recorded, participants may ask questions to seek clarity on any of the ideas presented. Ensure that each person is allowed to contribute and all ideas get the same amount of discussion time.
- Allow each participant to cast their vote for their top 3 ideas or solutions and then tally the votes. The idea or solution with the most votes becomes your group decision.
For more information on effective group decision making, management or leadership coaching, contact Tom Figiel at email@example.com or 312.914.1341.
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