Sociocracy provides for action on a matter by chunking decision-making into pieces that are good enough and safe enough for the team to get on with doing.
This means rogress can happen even though more information may be required for the broader picture around a topic. This avoids being ‘paralysed’ in long decision-making scenarios and/or delays in gaining clarity on the broader topic.
Time frames are one critical aspect in determining whether decisions are good enough and safe enough for movement forward. Specifically naming the term/timeframe for a decision means it’s results will be reviewed at an appropriate time; when the decision will be tweaked and refined where possible, or another path taken if necessary. In this way, the outcomes and consequences of a decision are safely handled while getting work done.
For example, the decision to provide pizza at weekly team meetings might be good enough and safe enough for a one month period. Some people might not be sure if they can live with eating pizza every week for a longer period. If the decision had a timeframe of 6 months, it might not be good enough or safe enough to try. It might not be everyone’s favourite food, but they’re prepared to try it for a month, and then check-in collectively to see whether it will continue or be changed.
Using ‘felt sense’ of what is good enough for now and safe enough to try is also important. Felt sense relates to what’s happening in one’s body while considering a decision. What is your body feeling? Is it tight and constrained with a longer timeframe? Is it lighter and more open for a shorter term? Using this feedback loop allows a team to figure out what works for now and get on with it.
Watch this space to learn more about sociocracy in these info bites. For sociocracy training, coaching and consultancy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org :)
:: Sociocracy is a collaborative decision-making framework for groups, large and small; supporting collective aims to be achieved effectively, transparently and with equal-value of members ::.
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