Silencing the the dominating voice

How to Encourage Collaborative Decision-Making in Teams and Prevent the Loudest Voice from Dominating discussions.

Yamini Hundare

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In a team environment, it is not uncommon for individuals to follow the loudest person in the room, whether it’s due to their seniority, confidence, or force of personality. Unfortunately, this can result in the exclusion of valuable perspectives and ideas, as well as an unhealthy dynamic within the team. In this article, we will discuss strategies for avoiding this dynamic and ensuring that all team members have an equal voice. Promoting equal opportunities and encouraging collaborative environment, where individual feel safe to voice their opinions.

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  1. Encourage Active Listening — Active listening is a critical skill for effective communication and decision-making. Encourage team members to listen attentively to one another and to consider all perspectives before making a decision. When people feel heard, they’re more likely to participate actively in discussions and to share their ideas.
  2. Structured Speaking — Designate specific time slots for each participant to express their opinions. This ensures equal opportunity for everyone. Use a timer to enforce the allocated speaking time for each individual, making it clear when their turn begins and ends. This helps in avoiding overlapping dialogs.
  3. Establish Clear Roles and Responsibilities — Clear roles and responsibilities can help in preventing the loudest person from dominating discussions. Ensure that each team member understands their role and what is expected of them. This can help to create a more collaborative environment, where everyone feels comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions.
  4. Use Decision Making Techniques — Decision making techniques such as brainstorming, voting, and consensus-building can help to ensure that all team members have an equal say. Encourage team members to participate in these activities and to share their thoughts and ideas. By involving everyone in the decision-making process, you can avoid the tendency to follow the loudest person in the room.
  5. Encourage Diversity of Thought — Encouraging diversity of thought is essential to preventing the loudest person from…

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Yamini Hundare

I am an aspiring writer who loves to write about agile mindset, my own experiences and kids stories