It is equally essential for the Predictable Success®; team members to agree on collective responsibility: to jointly and individually fully uphold and positively support the final decision, irrespective of the position taken by the individual during the preceding debate / discussion.
I have found that a good foundation is to draw up a Collective Responsibility Charter, and to have each of the senior team sign it. Here’s a suggested wording. Feel free to make it your own:
I recognize that we practice the principle of collective responsibility for strategic decision making. To that end, I agree that I will:
- Engage in honest, open debate during our management meetings and discussions;
- Press for decisions that are in the best interest of the organization as a whole, and not necessarily those that are best for me personally, or for my team, department or division;
- Actively, positively and fully support all decisions arrived at as a result of this process, irrespective of my position during the decision-making process.
(Signed _______________ )