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Involvement in Decisions
Transcript of Involvement in Decisions
These decisions are not consciously organized as those of the clique, but a few powerful personalities dominate the group, often unconsciously, and then later they wonder why the others are apathetic.
B. The One-Person Decision
G. Silent Consensus
Some groups aim at unanimous decisions. These are good, if genuine, but they are rarely achieved completely on important issues. Unanimous agreement is sometimes assumed, when some members have not felt free to disagree and have kept silent.
Involvement in Decisions
A. The Plop
The group makes a decision by not making a decision. This means 'Not to decide' is to decide. Someone makes a suggestion but it is dropped like a stone into a pond, and no one pays any attention to it at all.
This is quickly made, but later when the decider depends on free or voluntary support from others to implement it, he may find himself carrying it alone.
C. The Handclasp
One person makes a suggestion; another says, 'What a marvelous idea,' and without further discussion, the matter is decided. These decisions are more frequent than one thinks, and often pass unnoticed at the time, but resentment comes to the surface later.
D. The Clique
This decision is made by a small group who plans beforehand to get their ways. Because they are better organized than those who disagree, they are often successful on the immediate issue, but they bring a spirit of rivalry rather than cooperation in the group.
F. Majority Vote
In big groups, this is often the most effective way to make a decision. However, one may lose the interest or the loyalty of the minority who voted against a decision, especially if they feel their point of view was not heard.
This is an agreement, often involving compromise or the combination of various possibilities, after all opinions have been heard. Disagreements and minority viewpoints are discussed fully. It takes time and care to build a climate in which all feel free to express themselves. This method does build unity, cooperation, and commitment. It means adapting to accommodate the concerns of all.