In the last two months, even with significant anxiety and uncertainty, decision-making has become easier in light of the obvious risk. The rules were clear: Wash your hands. Don’t go out unless you have to, Mask always! Now, as Portugal reopens, the rules that were once black and white are once again blending into shades of gray. Once again, it’s up to each of us to figure out what “feels safe” and what feels “too risky”.
For some people, the new freedom will seem invigorating. For others, it’s a daunting responsibility. Sure, the nursery is open, but does that mean sending the kids back? We can now work in the office, but do we feel confident about doing so?
Each of us is about to face hundreds of decisions again, big and small, about how to resume our lives. Obviously it’s going to be stressful. And with so much uncertainty, it’s unrealistic to say that we all already know exactly what we’re going to do.
When we project this theme onto team decisions, the difficulties are even greater. Heterogeneous mental profiles, roles that require different skills, ways of working and the demands of interacting with others are diverse. As a team, how do we make the most of the deconfinement to return to what will be the “new normal”?
It’s up to everyone, not just the leaders, to make sure that this return goes well. It’s important to take certain factors into account, individually and then collectively, to avoid making bad choices. By doing this, we ensure that we get two things we need to move on to the next stage: Flexibility and some Sense of Control.
It will continue to be difficult, but by focusing on these 5 key aspects we will be doing the best we can? “with the information we have”. Connect more, do more things as a team (remotely or in person), be more together… and you’ll make better decisions.
Article for INFORH, written by Luís Rosário Partner at Immersis.