The Point: When you think the leadership challenges of the universe are conspiring against you and failure is at hand, you had better figure out a way to gain advantage so as to leave stakeholders trumped. In this post, we’ll explore the trumped phenomenas at play so you can overcome just such leadership challenges… Enjoy!
It’s “Go Time!” for you and your team as a leader… But exactly “where” are you going? If you’re like most leaders I work with, you have your opinion regarding direction to be taken that aligns with your organization’s mission/vision/values. But guess what? So does everyone else on your team. As a matter of fact, they might very well want to go in a multitude of different directions in support of the organization’s goals (let alone their own individual goals).
Sometimes leadership should be looked upon as a playing card game of bridge. In bridge one has the opportunity to use a playing card of the suit chosen to rank above the others, which can lead to winning a “trick” where a card of a different suit has been lead. In other words… Trumped!
Healing the Divide – The Rule of 3’s!
So what’s the best practice of a leader when facing such a multitude of different perspectives from their team? How do you balance or insure that everyone feels as though they are being heard? How will you pick the “right” or “right at this moment” direction to be taken?
While there are several different decision trees you could employ, one that I’ve seen successfully implemented is called the Rule of 3’s. The Rule of 3’s consists of “hearing” everyone out at a high level. When everyone of differing opinion is heard (or has the opportunity to present their opinion), the team can then vote (three votes maximum) for their favorite ideas. They can use their three votes individually spread across three different recommendations, or pool all three on one recommendation. The top three recommendations in quantity of votes are then more thoroughly developed/researched and then re-presented again to the group. Another round of voting occurs so as to produce one consensus direction decision to move forward on.
In this post we’ve explored the leadership challenge of being trumped! Division of stakeholders is never a good strategy to employ, especially when considering sound business decisions. However, if collaboration is one of your company’s cultural moments, the Rule of 3’s can be implemented so as to alleviate the unlikely outcome of a decision coming out of nowhere to not only be elected but implemented as well.