5D Facilitation

If you truly have all the right people on the team then there will be differences in knowledge base, perspectives and approach.

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Effectively building a project and a construction business starts with getting the right people on the team then getting them aligned.

Facilitation Tools: 5D Facilitation. Deeply Learn, Discuss, Debate, Decide, and Deliver.

The strength of a team is not defined by the lack of problems or disagreements.  The strength of a team is defined by how effectively those problems or disagreements are processed.


A great behavior to build into the team is a disciplined approach focusing on the 5Ds in order:  

  1. Deeply Learn:  Know the topic, integration with the rest of the business and positions of everyone in the room at least 2X more deeply than anyone else.   “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur
  2. Discuss:  Ensure that everyone in the room has the same information.  Start the discussion process well before walking into the meeting by “pre-wiring” everyone. 

    “Given the same information all reasonable people will come to the same conclusion.”

    Jack Welch, General Electric CEO 20+ Years
  3. Debate:  Prioritize the differences.  Set the conditions and timeline for the debate.  Set the decision process if consensus is not reached.  Keep the debate professional.
  4. Decide:  Get a decision made on moving forward if consensus cannot be reached in a reasonable amount of time. 
  5. Deliver:  Set a clear and prioritized action plan for what needs to happen next.  DO IT!

Most people; especially high-performers tend to move directly to 4 then very quickly start 5.  Spending the right amount of time on 1 & 2 before the first meeting accelerates the delivery substantially.  

The more complex and integrated the project or process is the more time is required on 1, 2 and 3.  Effective debate facilitation and behaviors should make the decision obvious.
 
How much time did you spend on #1 & “pre-wiring” others on the team for #2? 


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