Barriers and the Future of Decision Making


The work world is becoming more collaborative, diverse, and fluid - and decision-making must follow suit. If it does not, organizations and teams will be unable to overcome the barriers that prevent the best decisions from being made. Both interpersonal and physical barriers are at play in the decision making process, and they too are changing with our work world.

Let's look at two examples of how these barriers have changed:

  • Virtual work is increasing dramatically as companies have more employees in dispersed locations and time zones (Physical Barrier). In a survey of virtual teams, 73% of people thought a key challenge to working virtually is the speed of decision making. (1)
  • The number of generations in the workplace is also increasing and soon we will have 5 generations in the workplace at the same time (Interpersonal Barrier). (2)  5 generations means it is possible for a person to be working with generations a similar age to their great, great grandparents! With such diversity of generations working together truly collaborative decisions can be difficult to reach.

In order to overcome the barriers involved, organizations and teams must evaluate how decisions are made and how this process must change as our work world does.

If you, your team, or your organization is interested in exploring this hot topic further - Powernoodle is co-hosting a live Twitter chat with Lolly Daskal, founder of Lead from Within Tuesday November 12th at 8:00pm ET. Join us in the Twitter chat at (#LeadFromWithin) for a thought-provoking, fun conversation on decision making!

A bit more about our Twitter chat co-host Lolly Daskal:

Lolly Daskal is an inspirational speaker, life coach, and consultant. And you don't have to take our word for it, The Huffington Post calls Lolly "One of the Most Inspiring Women in the World". Lolly founded, Lead from Within, a global consultancy that has counseled heads of state, consulted to CEOs of large multinationals, and coached budding entrepreneurs.

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