You’ll know that you have seriously moved to a truly collaborative style of decision making when:
- You value the opinions of the group more than your own.
- You provide process guidance through positive encouragement instead of controlling dictatorship.
- You provide your opinion only as an expert contributor and only with the permission of the group(more on this later).
- You don’t use your opinion to sway the outcome of the meeting.
- You enlist others to dog your neutrality and ensure it is engaged throughout the meeting.
I do value the opinions of my team and believe that they can make a better decision together than I can make by myself. I have worked hard on being neutral and giving my team the power to make decisions, but I really need to work on being positive and supportive.
I have been avoiding providing my opinion. I don't know how to give my opinion without making it sound like the final decision. The book says it will talk more about this later so I am hoping there is some advice in there that can help me. The idea of getting someone to dog my neutrality sounds interesting.