Decision making in groups

Everyday in our lives, we are faced with many situations that require us to make the best possible choice(s) for the situation at hand. This practice of choosing the choice that is most convenient for the problem at hand against other available choices is called decision making. Harris recognizes decision making as a stepwise process that involves identifying the decision and the situation in need of decision. The second step is gathering all the necessary data available for the problem. The next step involves evaluating and analyzing other alternatives available after which one selects or chooses the best decision among the alternatives. After making the decision, it is put to test to gauge its effectiveness in solving the problem and if found to be ideal, it is then employed. The decision made is then further evaluated on its success and if it is found to be not effective, it is modified in order for it to address the problem effectively.

In a group setting, the process of making the decisions is unique because there is shared accountability in the formulation and implementation of the decision. Although the process follows the steps outlined above, there is more input by the members and each of them must be given a chance to share hisher views. Therefore, in groups, there is no one that has total control of making the final and all decisions since all of them are made through consensus making it time consuming. Since it is our nature to love our views, ideas and propositions and the solution created by them in a group, it is necessary to swallow our ego and practice restraint in order to be able to accommodate the varied views of the other members and then reach a compromise for the best decision.



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