Excellent Decision-Making Goes beyond Process-TregoED White Paper Published

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Change and progress in an educational organization require excellent decision-making at all levels. TregoED’s white paper reveals the essential tenets and competencies required to develop a culture of decision-making excellence.

Education leaders need to build support systems to create and sustain decision-making excellence according to a new white paper published by TregoED. Decision-making excellence is often the key that differentiates an average district from an exemplary district. Developing the skills and culture for such a district is no accident. It is a comprehensive and intentional effort. Superintendents, board members and school leaders can ensure that district and school decision-making hits the target every time by following simple strategies and the seven key tenets for both individual and organizational decision-making excellence.

Successful individual decision makers share similar abilities. They must have developed competencies in the three I’s – Information, Involvement, and Implementation. Being able to get information and determine what is important, involving others in a meaningful way and planning for and delivering successful implementation will result in decisions that align with the district mission, priorities and specifications. Having excellent individual decision makers in your district, however, does not ensure that all organizational decisions will hit the mark. To sustain decision making excellence throughout a school system, district executives must create a culture that aligns systems, structures and standard practices.

Building the organizational structures to support and sustain excellent decision-making can give any school district the rare advantage of hitting the bulls-eye every time: saving time, money and creating a culture of value and respect. Several key pieces necessary to create this culture are often overlooked. Not all leaders have the courage or fortitude to cultivate individual and organizational decision-making excellence. “It requires a loosening of control and a sharing of responsibility. It requires humility, self-reflection, and a willingness to take risks.” The rewards, however, will be seen in a more positive and productive climate, improved confidence and lasting results. For a free copy of the report “Creating and Sustaining Decision-Making Excellence,” go to http://www.tregoED.org/news/whitepaper.

TregoEd.org has been helping school districts develop true collaborative decision-making and problem solving excellence in and around the US and Canada for over 25 years. For information on leadership workshops, consulting, coaching and support for school leaders that want to confidently address complexity and change though research based, time tested strategies and building organizational capacity go to http://www.tregoed.org.

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