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Tannenbaum & Schmidt’s Decision Styles

Tannenbaum and Schmidt Continuum model shows the relationship between the levels of freedom that a manager chooses to give to a team, and the level of authority used by the manager.  However, the levels of quality and acceptance required vary from decision to decision. An effective decision is one that meets predetermined levels of quality and the acceptance required for that particular decision. Maier suggests the four decision-making styles: consultative, command, consensus and convenience are determined by different levels of quality and acceptance.  In this video we consider both models of decision-making

Watch the video for background information about Tannenbaum & Shmidt’s decision continuum and Maier’s quality acceptance matrix, feel free to request the templates I am happy to share.

1. Recognise where you and/or your managers naturally sit on the decision spectrum.

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2. Consider Maier’s quality acceptance matrix in relation to strategic and tactical decision making in your business

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3.  Ensure that members of the decision-making team understand their boundaries

Please do share your experiences with these models in the comments below.  I am building a portfolio of small business case studies and would love to include examples of what has worked well for you.

PS – If you need further help then give me a call on 07962 626604 to arrange a Skype session with me.

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