Crowds Make Dumb Decisions…Who is making yours?
I have been sitting in a large number of meetings this week, both professionally and personally. They are energizing, informative and can help everyone get a common understanding on which to act. While I was in the meeting, I came across this interesting comment in the Daily Stat, Harvard Business Publishing newsletter (and very nice iPhone app.) Five days per week, The Daily Stat brings you facts and figures offering a quick, sometimes quirky perspective on our world and the business that happens in it.
Take a read…
Once you've got 7 people in a decision-making group, each additional member reduces decision effectiveness by 10%, according to Marcia W. Blenko, Michael C. Mankins, and Paul Rogers, authors of Decide & Deliver: 5 Steps to Breakthrough Performance in Your Organization. Thus, a group of 17 or more rarely makes any decisions.
So…let me ask a few questions:
1. Does this hold true to your experiences?
2. What does this mean for your church or organization's decision-making processes?
3. Who can you change your decision making processes to focus the decision, yet align the broader organization to the decision to execute with excellence?
4. Are crowds good sources of ideas but bad makers of effective decisions?
5. What does this mean about the United Methodist structures like Annual Conference, Jurisdictional Conferences, General Conference structures?