What’s an decision?
A decision changes the way we do things today to achieve the future outcomes we have defined. An effective decision is one that generates results in 3-5 years.
Significant decisions will always trigger opposition. In fact, decisions of which everyone shows support are often declarative decisions, instead of executive ones. An executive decision reflects change in at least one of the following dimensions:
Every executive action can be measured by the change to budgets and regulations. An action that does not affect budgets or people is not an executive one but a declarative one. Leaders can discuss the general direction for the future without changing the course of action today. However, change is all about the tough decisions we face today.
On your site, you can choose to address each of the insights or only some . You don’t have to accept all insights, nor do you have to match all insights with decisions. This is not a democracy; you are in charge as the decision-maker. The insights might help you discover what works, but they cannot replace your discretion and knowledge.
What's a good decision
It is essential that everyone can equally understand the decision; decisions should never be characterized by ambiguity. When necessary, you should assign responsibilities and define timetables. Different organizations might have different ways to allocate resources, define procedures, create rules, or change structures. Here are some decision-making examples:
It’s better to frame your decisions in a way that helps your stakeholders act on them:
- A decision should reflect change in resources, procedures, or structures.
- A decision should change things over which you have control and authority.
- A decision should pertain to the present, so that it can be instantly implemented.
Sending personal updates on impact
Once a project admin publishes the decisions, we will offer to send a personal impact update to every participant. The feedback email will detail the link between the participant’s answer, the collective insight, and the corresponding decision that was made. Participants whose answers could not be linked to a specific decision will receive a general email with the top 3 decisions that were made in the project.
After you have made your decisions, the site will ask you to define each insight’s impact on your decision.
A project with impact is a project where at least one insight changed at least one decision.