Through team building events and activities you will see visible improvements in your team’s long and short term development. To take this team development to the next step you could look into team decision making meetings. You will find that you do a lot of the decision making within your team; sometimes it is nice to delegate these decisions to someone else or even have the input of other people’s thoughts and ideas on the best outcome of an important decision. This is an ideal opportunity for you to involve your team. However, it is important to remember that bringing people into the decision making process can bring challenges too. You need to consider the fact that everyone has their input in the decision ensuring that no-one is talked over and everyone’s thoughts and ideas are heard. It’s important to ensure that there is guidance and a time limit too so you don’t go round in circles for hours on end. It’s important to bear in mind that if one or two people have the experience and expertise to make the decision themselves there is no need to involve a whole team. Conversely if new or fresh ideas need to be bought into a decision then it is a very good idea to involve the whole team. This is why you need to focus on what is right for you and your team, not on what other companies are doing. When deciding if you need a team input in the decision making process, think about what impact the decision will have on everyone in your team on a long-term basis. For example, if a specific decision impacts the receptionist greatly then maybe she could be in on this meeting to discuss what she feels may be a good idea going forward. If you are looking to increase understanding and support among your team members then decision making with them involved can really help as it makes people feel their opinion is valued and that they are ‘part of the team’. When organising a team decision making meeting make sure you think about who you want there, a small team is better for dealing with urgent tasks and a larger team for things that need to be thought through, so people can take on tasks or responsibilities to get the job done quick and effectively. What are your thoughts of team decision making?