Unified Decision-Making Team

The Decision Clarity method defines five distinct roles to be played by the stakeholders for each high impact decision. This unified decision-making team approach enables all members to understand their responsibilities gets people at all levels of your organization working together better.
The Role of Decision-Maker
The person who makes the decision. There should be one person for each decision. Multiple Decision-Makers are not encouraged.
  • Demonstrates comprehension of the issues surrounding the decision to be made
  • Advocates for the work by not only leading the effort, but by encouraging the engagement of advisors and contributors
  • Weighs the evidence & creates a plan of action (which includes communicating with the informed stakeholder group)
  • Courageously asks the questions that are important to ascertaining the most relevant course of action
  • Communicates with all relevant parties in the development and execution of the plan
The Role of Expert Advisor
The person(s) who coaches, consults and guides the decision-maker to make the best decision. The Expert Advisor is expected to bring concerns to the ED/CEO if they are worried about the decision-maker's focus or abilities. There should be no more than 2 advisors per decision.

  • Provides counsel and ongoing feedback from a coaching perspective
  • Utilizing expertise, offers unique insight into potential risks or challenges
  • Has the ability to notify the ED/CEO, if they have concerns about the process, or the approach of the decision-maker.
The Role of Contributor
The person(s) who has knowledge of one or more aspects of the decision and would like to share advice, concern or thoughts with the Decision-Maker.
  • Carefully considers where their contributions might be most useful
  • Then, does not wait to be asked, advocates openly to contribute
  • Speaks clearly and effectively to the issues
The Role of the Informed
The person(s) who need to be informed in order to play a role in the execution of the decision. The people who need to be informed are not the people who get a final announcement email. They are the people who need to be kept up-to-date so they can bring their efforts to bear on the decision.
  • Adopts this role because greater involvement is objectively not required
The Role of Driver
This optional role is used when the Decision-Maker needs additional information gathering, organizational or analytical assistance. Depending on the complexity of the decision, you may need more than one Driver. Only 20% of the decisions we’ve vetted have required a Driver. Usually the Decision-Maker plays this coordinating role.
  • ​Gathers and secures data
  • Provides recommendations
  • Interacts with other parties
  • Manages decision-making schedule