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Why do you need a decision log?

Decisions are made in all kinds of settings: meetings, on email, spreadsheets, chatter etc.  From our experience:

  1. it is hard to remember what was decided
  2. why the decision was made and by whom
  3. decisions take too long, and the executions fails
  4. decisions don’t involve the right people and lack of accountability

 

Sounds familiar? Let’s figure out how we can turn this situation around with a simple decision-making habit.

Record every decision – make it a new habit!

Much of the time, people proceed by routine and habit. Recording every decision you make is a simple and fast habit to adopt but could be transformational to your team and its performance.

The power of recording decisions is real, as we have seen it happening time after time over the past 10 years we have been helping companies across all industries improve decision making and succeed. Execution and effectiveness improve, as teams react faster. This also means that everybody knows what has been decided and why, and what they need to do for the execution. Work becomes easier, and it improves your team’s alignment and engagement, as well as grows the We can do it attitude among team. 

What is a Decision Log?

Executives, managers, leaders and teams make a lot of decisions all the time. Decisions were made in meetings, some were noted in documents, some in the comments, some discussed on Teams etc. What is common between these? Impossible to track.

So how do you keep track of everything you have agreed on? A decision log helps.

Decision Log Fingertip

A decisions log (or kanban view) is simply a list of all the key decisions being made which are shared with you and every person affected by the decision. The decision log is better than keeping discussions on email, chatter or in spreadsheets. Keep track of status of all decisions and the information about why the decisions were made, and by whom all from a single place – in one glance. No more wasting time on documentation.

How to make a good decision and how long it takes?

Fingertip’s scientifically proven decision lifecycle is a beneficial communication tool to assure the right people are included all the way through the decision-making process – from discussion to its execution. Your colleagues can give input in minutes cutting delays and unnecessary meetings.

How do I record a good decision? Making a decision is as simple as it sounds.

It involves spending a few minutes to write down these 5 key points, and then sharing the decision with everyone affected:

  1. Title
  2. Decision:  Write down what the decision is about. The most important reasons for your decisions, including impacts on your business goals.
  3. Due date
  4. Choose the right people affected
  5. Share

Just a couple of weeks of recording decisions you will notice how often your decisions used to fall through the cracks. When the execution and results come in you can easily find the original decision including objectives and tasks assigned. This helps to measure if the goal was achieved. Otherwise, it’s very difficult, if the context for the decision is lost by that time.

In other words, everyone can see the final decision, people involved and the results. The more decisions you make the faster you learn the results of your decisions. 

Challenge

There’s an often-quoted rule of thumb that says it takes 21 days to change a habit. I would like to challenge you to record your team’s decisions for the next 21 days. Get started today by downloading our free Fingertip decision log template below. I would love to hear what happens!

Free Decision Log template

Leave us your email address, and you’ll be sent a unique Excel template to try documenting your own decisions. Instructions included!


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