It is not easy to make decisions as a group. Every human being has their own ideas and preferences and these come to the fore the moment a group gets together to make a decision. There have been numerous instances when the outcome of a meeting came to nothing because the group simply couldn’t decide one way or the other. And if it’s an aggressive group of members then the task becomes even harder. An idea management system in place can facilitate the whole decision making process.
For making decisions there are three possible ways of reaching a decision. No matter how much conflict happens during the discussion process a group eventually tries to make a decision for the interest of their organization. One has to understand that a decision taken by a group cannot make everyone happy. Thus one of the ways to ensure that a decision is taken augurs well for the entire group.
Consensus – this is the best form of decision making where the entire group agrees on a decision taken. However, even if there is a single member in the group that doesn’t agree there can be no consensus. That member then has to be convinced by the other members of the group. This way of making decisions can be long and laborious and requires full attention from all the members.
Democracy – in this form of making decisions it is the majority that rules. If there is 51% majority for a decision it is passed. This way of making decisions is considered to be the most fair of all. However, this way can result in the formation of a permanent majority and factions can form within a group.
Divided decision – this way of decision making involves some compromise. When two sub-groups fight over a decision the facilitator may want to give both the groups some leeway. So, if two groups are fighting over how a particular amount of money should be invested the facilitator may decide to divide it among the sub-groups to spend it their way.
Now where does an idea management system play a role in this whole process of decision making? What such a system can do is facilitate the process with the supply of data. When a group is able to analyze past trends and can go through the history of decisions that were taken in the past they have some inkling as to the course of action they should take for making a decision. An idea management system can capture every decision taken by every group in every instance. Thus it becomes some form of a knowledge management tool that helps organizations make critical decisions effectively.
There is no major investment involved in using an idea management system. In fact one can try out trial systems for a while and then decide to make their investment. With no installations and downloads required using such a tool is easy. And of course, such a tool ensures that decision making becomes fruitful for all those involved.